WhatsApp has recently introduced a new feature to help protect its users from phishing attempts. These scams, which are becoming increasingly common on the platform, can lead to the loss of money and personal data. To combat this, Meta has developed a new feature that allows users to quickly block a contact without having to open the message first.
Phishing and Smishing attacks are on the rise, with cybercriminals sending 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 globally, it is easy for criminals 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.
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. Additionally, access to safety tools is also readily available. This new feature is a positive step from Meta as it provides users with the ability to quickly identify and block unwanted contacts with just a phone number.