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Everyone uses WhatsApp. That must be quite obvious these days. Which allows you to connect so easily with your current and potential contacts. The flip side to that is scammers and harassers are increasing looking to WhatsApp to locate and harass potential victims. Hence, its important that while you enjoy using WhatsApp and staying connected, you must take enough precautions to avoid falling prey to harassment from such tricksters. Check out these simple rules to follow as listed out by the author in the article below, it could help you stay safe. Team RetyrSmart
Dos and Don’ts to avoid harassment on WhatsApp
Don’t receive video calls on WhatsApp from any unknown contact
Do not accept any call or video calls from strangers on WhatsApp. Just disconnect and check whether you know the person or not. If you don’t then simply block him or her.
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Always block the selfie camera with your finger before taking a video call from unknown people
If you are eager to receive all calls then it is always a good idea to block the selfie camera while receiving a WhatsApp video call from strangers. Only show your face after you are sure about the identity of the caller.
Avoid receiving calls from numbers that do not start with ‘+91’
Scammers and harassers usually mask their numbers. If you find a caller using a number that has a different country code from that of India (+91) then simply disconnect. This is because unless you have any relative or friend who lives abroad there is no way someone will call you from outside India.
Allow only your contacts to see your profile picture or status messages
Manage who can see your Profile Picture on WhatsApp and do not set it to public as this will let everyone see your profile picture.
Hide Profile picture, status messages from people in your contact
Everyone uses WhatsApp. So, it is better to make a conscious effort to hide or block certain people whom you will never chat with on WhatsApp. You may have to save the contact of your milk vendor, auto driver or other people for essential services but they do not need to be added on WhatsApp.
Don’t allow random people to add you to WhatsApp groups
Change privacy settings and only allow people who are in your contact list to add you to any new group.