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WhatsApp with stealth function: "Never online again" - this is how you stay under the radar

2022-12-19T16:48:06.007Z


WhatsApp with stealth function: "Never online again" - this is how you stay under the radar Created: 12/19/2022 5:33 p.m So far, the user is only visible to certain contacts on WhatsApp. From now on, users can also hide the "online" status from others. Nobody can see when the user was online anymore. Munich – In order to activate the new WhatsApp function, users must first manually set the “Las


WhatsApp with stealth function: "Never online again" - this is how you stay under the radar

Created: 12/19/2022 5:33 p.m

So far, the user is only visible to certain contacts on WhatsApp.

From now on, users can also hide the "online" status from others.

Nobody can see when the user was online anymore.

Munich – In order to activate the new WhatsApp function, users must first manually set the “Last online” status in the messenger service.

This means that users are no longer visible to everyone.

The function can be set up as follows:

  • Click the three dots at the top right of the app.

    In the Apple version, these are at the bottom of the bar

  • Then go to “Settings” and then to the “Privacy” tab

  • Access the Last Seen/Online panel

  • Here you can now set who is allowed to see whether they were "Last online".

    You can also only exclude specific people that you don't want to be visible to

  • Below you can set whether your online status is visible to everyone or whether the same provisions apply as for your "Last seen" settings

  • If you have disabled the "Last Seen" and "Online" indicators, you will no longer be visible to others, but you will no longer be able to see when others are online or when they were last online

This function is intended to protect WhatsApp users from being monitored by others or from spy apps being able to create an activity profile for them, reports the Internet portal

Utopia

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God forbid: WhatsApp collects data from users like an insatiable data octopus.

(Iconic image) © Rüdiger Wölk/imago

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A similar function can also be set for your own profile picture in the data protection settings.

Anyone who no longer wants to let others know whether they have already read or listened to their message can now also deactivate this function on WhatsApp.

Consumer advocates repeatedly criticize the inadequate data protection of WhatsApp and other apps from the Google Play or Apple Store.

Many of these applications require access to device data, address books, emails and photos.

The

consumer advice center in Bavaria warns that users are usually unable to understand the purpose for which this is happening

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The permanent transmission of location data also enables companies to create detailed movement profiles of users and thus monitor the life, shopping and leisure behavior of users.

In addition, the consumer center criticizes that data from WhatsApp users can also be exchanged with other services of the meta parent company such as Facebook or Instagram.

This creates an inscrutable data octopus of algorithms, artificial intelligence and highly complex technologies.

Irish privacy advocates have now successfully defended themselves against Meta's actions and sentenced the company's boss Mark Zuckerberg to a fine of 265 million euros.

Source: merkur

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