Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, is taking steps to protect its users from phishing attempts on WhatsApp. The platform has introduced a new feature that allows users to quickly block a contact without having to open the message first. This feature is particularly important as phishing scams are becoming more prevalent on popular instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp.
In response to this growing issue, Meta has also provided education to its users on how to identify phishing attempts. These include 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. With over 2.78 billion users on WhatsApp globally, it’s easy for cybercriminals to target a large number of people. To combat this, WhatsApp has introduced features like silent unknown numbers and the ability to report a number, allowing WhatsApp to analyze and permanently delete suspicious accounts.
In addition, the latest version of WhatsApp now allows users to block a message from an unknown number without having to open the app. On the lock screen, users now have the option to reply and add the contact to their list or block and report the number. This streamlined process makes it easier for users