The rise of phishing scams is a growing concern for millions of people who have fallen victim to them and lost money and personal data. Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly adept at using popular instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp to carry out these scams, making it easy for them to target a large number of users.
In response to this issue, Meta has developed a new feature that aims to protect its users from phishing attempts on WhatsApp. This feature allows users to quickly block a contact without having to open the message first, which was not possible before. In addition, WhatsApp is providing education to its users on how to identify phishing attempts, including 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.
Phishing and Smishing attempts are becoming more common as cybercriminals use messages that appear urgent and important in an attempt to get users to click on them or share personal and banking details. With over 2.78 billion users on WhatsApp globally, it is easy for criminals to target a large number of people. To combat this issue, WhatsApp has introduced features like silent unknown numbers and the ability to report a number, allowing WhatsApp to analyze and permanently delete suspicious accounts.
The latest version of WhatsApp now allows users to block a message from an unknown number without having to open the app by simply selecting the lock screen option “reply” instead of “open.” This streamlines the process of blocking unwanted contacts significantly. Additionally, accessibility tools such as safety features are readily available for users’ convenience.