The rise of phishing and smishing attempts has become a growing concern for millions of people who have fallen victim to these scams. With over 2.78 billion users on WhatsApp globally, it is easy for cybercriminals to target a large number of people. However, Meta has taken action to protect its users by introducing a new feature that makes it easy for them to quickly block contacts without having to open the message first.
The new feature allows users to reply and add the contact to their list or block and report the number directly from the lock screen without having to open the app. This is a significant improvement as it streamlines an otherwise tedious process and provides users with greater control over their contacts. Additionally, WhatsApp has also introduced features like silent unknown numbers and the ability to report a number, allowing WhatsApp to analyze and permanently delete suspicious accounts.
To combat these scams, WhatsApp is providing education 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. This will help users recognize potential threats before they fall victim and protect themselves from losing money or personal data.