In good news for WhatsApp users, this Meta-owned instant messaging application has released a new option to make it harder for malicious attackers to infer your location by protecting your IP address in calls.
According to a report from WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp, with this feature, users can add an extra layer of security to their calls by protecting their IP address and location from malicious attackers.
“Thanks to the latest updates of WhatsApp beta for iOS from the TestFlight app and WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store, we discovered that WhatsApp is rolling out the new privacy call relay feature to some beta testers,” the report said.
As per the report, there is a new section called “Advanced”, placed within the privacy settings screen. This new section contains the new protect IP address in call option, which makes it definitely harder for anyone in the call to infer your location by securely relaying through WhatsApp servers.
“It’s very important to note that the call quality may be slightly affected with the privacy call relay feature because of the encryption and routing processes of your connection during a call through WhatsApp servers,” WABetaInfo said.
The report suggested that this feature is highly beneficial against any potential attempts to track your location and IP address, especially when you’re in a WhatsApp call with unknown contacts, as it makes it much harder for anyone to track private information.
Despite the possibility of a slight reduction in call quality, this additional security layer guarantees the preservation of your privacy, even when communicating with unknown contacts you’re not very familiar with.
The latest privacy feature, designed to safeguard your IP address during calls, is now accessible to select beta testers who have installed the most recent WhatsApp beta on Android via the Google Play Store and on iOS through the TestFlight app. The report also revealed that it is rolling out to more users over the coming days.