WhatsApp will soon offer the “Protect IP address when calling” security feature!
What is it about?
WhatsApp continues its ongoing efforts to improve user privacy with regular updates.
In its latest development, WhatsApp is said to have introduced a new security feature in its beta version for Android and iOS, called ‘Call IP address protection’.
The “Protect IP address when calling” feature is used to enhance security when calling via WhatsApp.
Its main purpose is to protect users from potential threats, such as unauthorized access to their location and eavesdropping on their calls.
WABetaInfo, a trusted source for tracking upcoming WhatsApp improvements, initially discovered this new feature.
Currently, this feature is available in the latest beta versions of WhatsApp for Android and iOS.
It works by redirecting calls through WhatsApp servers to protect the user’s IP address.
To enable this additional security measure, users can find a new toggle located in the “Privacy” settings in the “Advanced” section.
WhatsApp ensures that with this feature enabled, all calls will benefit from end-to-end encryption, ensuring that even WhatsApp itself cannot access the content of user chats.
While improving privacy, WhatsApp also acknowledges that the feature may slightly impact call quality, mainly due to the encryption and routing processes involved in forwarding calls via its server.
Currently, the availability of this option may be limited to a specific group of users using the beta version of the app.
However, WhatsApp intends to expand its availability to all users in the future, although a specific stable version release date is yet to be confirmed.
Currently, this feature is only available to a small group of beta testers who have installed the latest WhatsApp beta version on Android and iOS.
However, it is expected that in the coming weeks, this feature will be available to more users.
WhatsApp users can expect a high level of privacy when making calls thanks to this latest addition to the app’s privacy settings.
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