After releasing a feature to silence unknown callers, WhatsApp is now rolling out a new privacy feature which will make it harder for the malicious actors to infer your location by protecting your IP address in calls.
As reported by WABetaInfo, the Meta-owned messaging app is adding an extra layer of security to WhatApp calls by protecting the IP address and location from malicious actors. The feature is presently available for some Android and iOS beta testers of WhatsApp.
The WhatsApp users will now see a new section called “Advanced”, placed within the privacy settings screen. This new section contains the new protect IP address in call option, which makes it definitely harder for anyone in the call to infer your location by securely relaying through WhatsApp servers. It’s very important to note that the call quality may be slightly affected with the privacy call relay feature because of the encryption and routing processes of your connection during a call through WhatsApp servers.
“By activating the call relay option, you will add an extra level of anonymity to your communication, and we think this is especially valuable when you’re interacting with people you haven’t previously established trust. As noted before, this added protection comes at the cost of potentially slower call quality, as the data has to travel through WhatsApp’s servers for anonymisation,” mentions the report.
WhatsApp support for 18 smartphones ending on October 24
The widely-used messaging platform has announced its plan to cease support for specific Android and iPhone devices beginning in the upcoming week. Starting from October 24, 2023, WhatsApp will no longer function on particular older smartphone models.
“To keep up with the latest advances in technology, we routinely stop supporting older operating systems to point our resources to supporting the latest ones. If we stop supporting your operating system, you’ll be notified and reminded a few times to upgrade your device to continue using WhatsApp. We’ll also update this page regularly to ensure that the latest Android version we support is listed here,” added WhatsApp.
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