Instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp have become hotbeds for phishing scams, with millions of people falling victim to them and losing money and personal data. In response, Meta has introduced a new feature to help protect its users from such attempts on the platform.
The new feature makes it easy for users to quickly block a contact without having to open the message first, which was not possible before. In addition, WhatsApp is providing education to its users on how to identify phishing attempts, including looking out for spelling or grammar mistakes, being asked to click on a link, being asked to share personal information, or being asked to forward a message for financial gain.
Phishing scams and smishing attempts are becoming increasingly common as cybercriminals use messages that appear urgent and important in an attempt to get users to click on them or share personal and banking details. With over 2.78 billion users on WhatsApp globally, it is easy for criminals to target a large number of people. To combat this issue, WhatsApp has introduced features such as silent unknown numbers and the ability to report a number, allowing the platform to analyze and permanently delete suspicious accounts.
The latest version of WhatsApp now allows users to block a message from an unknown number without having to open the app by simply clicking on it in their lock screen notifications. Additionally, accessing safety tools is also readily available through the app’s settings menu. This new feature is an important step towards protecting WhatsApp’s users from unwanted contacts and potential phishing scams.