WhatsApp introduces security features to safeguard users’ IP addresses. The new setting allows users to hide potentially identifying information from outsiders while still maintaining WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption promise.
WhatsApp introduces security features to safeguard users’ IP addresses
This is the most popular messaging software in the world, and people like it because it is simple to use and has great privacy protections. WhatsApp implemented a new privacy feature this summer that allows users to stop unexpected callers. The messaging app now includes a new setting that allows you to disguise your IP address from other call participants.
The parent company of WhatsApp, Meta, stated today that users would be able to “Protect IP address in calls” to help make WhatsApp calls more secure.
WhatsApp calls are currently either peer-to-peer or relayed over WhatsApp servers, depending on which delivers the greatest call quality. Most calling programmes favour peer-to-peer connections because they allow for faster data transfers and higher call quality, but they also reveal both parties’ IP addresses.
WhatsApp users may now use the “Protect IP address in calls” feature in their settings to ensure that all their calls are routed through WhatsApp’s relay servers rather than a direct peer-to-peer connection. This prevents callers from seeing one other’s IP addresses and determining their geographical location.
Calls and messages in WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, meaning WhatsApp cannot listen in on users’ calls, even if they are routed through relay servers rather than a peer-to-peer connection.
Meta revealed earlier this year the feature to “Silence unknown callers” to allow more privacy-conscious customers to silence unwanted calls. Another attempt to make calls more safe is the new function that protects IP addresses.