ALL WhatsApp users should consider enabling an ingenious privacy feature called Message Timer.
This allows you to set a countdown for all new messages to automatically “unsent”.
It’s a clever trick to improve your privacy by destroying old WhatsApp messages.
You can set the disappearance of messages to automatically turn on for all new chats—without affecting existing conversations.
Times can be set for 24 hours, 7 days or 90 days.
“The decision of how long a message lasts should be in your hands,” WhatsApp said.
“We’ve gotten used to leaving a digital copy of almost everything we type without even thinking about it.
“It’s become the equivalent of a note-taker that follows us everywhere and permanently records everything we’ve said.
“That’s why we introduced disappearing messages last year and more recently a way to instantly delete photos and videos after they’ve been viewed.”
The feature is available now, so update to the latest version of WhatsApp to try it out.
Enabling disappearing messages works automatically for all one-on-one chats.
And each party in the chat can choose the app setting.
It won’t change or delete any of your existing chats, so don’t worry about losing old information.
A message will also appear warning people in the conversation that messages will be deleted.
This notification tells you how long you have to read the texts before they disappear forever.
To find the feature, go to WhatsApp and then enter your privacy settings.
The new feature, added earlier this year, is listed under Default Message Timer.
Not so safe space
Of course, even with automatic text deletion, you are still not completely secure.
It’s still possible for someone to debunk your texts sent long ago.
So if you have something that you’re particularly nervous about, it’s better to retire it sooner rather than later.
And remember: always consider whether it’s a good idea to send private messages that you may one day regret.
Once a text or image arrives on someone else’s phone, you lose control of it.
Retreating can be a great way to limit exposure of your writing — but it’s not foolproof.
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