WhatsApp has a pretty important feature, Live Location. Many are curious, how to use features that can be used as a monitoring location.
Before discussing further, please note that the function of Live Location is to allow WhatsApp users to share their location in real-time with friends or family on their WhatsApp contacts.
All users can use it. WhatsApp has released the availability of this feature for all users on Android and iOS.
Here’s how it works.
- Open one of the chats on WhatsApp (can be groups or individuals) that you want to share Live Location.
- Tap the attachment file in the form of a paper clip located in the right corner of the column to type a message.
- The attachment option that will be shared will appear, select ‘Location’.
- On WhatsApp, which has this feature available, ‘Share Live Location’ will appear in the existing ‘Send Location’ function.
- We can set how long we will share the location in real-time. There are choices for example 15 minutes, one hour, or maybe a day.
- You can also stop sharing Live Locations at any time by pressing the ‘Stop Sharing’ button.
- Interestingly, several people from the same WhatsApp chat group can share their respective locations and display on one map. So, we can know exactly how far we are from each other.
Real-time location sharing function is not something new. A number of services already have it first. Call it Google that has Latitude, but has been turned off in 2013. Telegram some time ago also launched a similar feature.
With more than 1 billion active WhatsApp users, this feature is quite widely used among WhatsApp users.
So far WhatsApp is a quite secure order application. Even so some of the following security tips you should know.
Check Conversion Encryption
By default, all WhatsApp conversations are encrypted end-to-end. But when sharing sensitive information such as credit card details or bank account details, you should double-check encryption.
To ensure that the chat is fully encrypted;
- Open a chat window with your contacts
- Tap the contact’s name
- Tap on Encryption
- You will see a different set of numbers together with the QR Code.
- We can ask contacts to scan the QR Code. Or you can scan a contact’s QR code.
Turn on Security Notifications
Every time you start a new chat you will be given a security code for both devices. By default, the security notification is turned off but you can activate it so WhatsApp will notify you every time the security code changes.
To enable security notifications;
- Open WhatsApp> Settings> Account> Security> Show security notification
- Change the slider to active
Enable Two-Factor Authentication
WhatsApp also has a Two-Factor Authentication feature which is also a useful step to secure your account.
After you enable Two-Factor Authentication, a verification code will be needed when you will try to set up WhatsApp on a new device.
To enable Two-Factor Authentication for your number;
- Open WhatsApp> Settings> Account> Two-Factor Authentication> Activate
- Enter the 6 digit passcode sent by WhatsApp
- Enter your recovery email if you forget the passcode
Use the Official WhatsApp Application for PC
If you want to use WhatsApp on PC Desktop, it is strongly recommended to use the official application instead of WhatsApp Web.
According to security companies, WhatsApp Web is considered to have a security threat. Therefore it is recommended that users use the Desktop version application and not WhatsApp Web.
Always Log Out from WhatsApp Web
WhatsApp Web is a platform that allows you to use services on a PC without external applications or anything. If you are a regular WhatsApp Web user then after you use it it is recommended to log out so that no one can access private conversations.
So whether it’s a home PC or a public PC, after using it, you have to log out of WhatsApp Web so that private conversations are safe.