The 21st century’s biggest cybersecurity risk has nothing to do with bank fraud, diplomatic telegram disclosure or even nuclear code. It’s someone outside of that hot WhatsApp group chat that gets full access to every line of text, pictures, and videos exchanged in the past. Like Mos Eisley Cantina, these miserable scum and villains have the power to destroy your personal relationships – from boss to woman. But with the advent of messaging disappearing on WhatsApp, we might be able to breathe a little more easily.
Striking the perfect middle ground between unintentionally accumulating entire high-incriminating case files and Snapchat’s overly fast read and write engine, WhatsApp̵7;s vanishing messaging function automatically deletes text copies, photos and videos after a period of seven days (whether or not it has been read). Available for switching for both individual chat participants and group chats administrator, while the current delete interval cannot be changed, it could be a possibility in the future.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said: “We’ll start with seven days because we think that gives the reassurance that chats are not permanent – while remaining realistic so you don’t forget about What am I talking about ”.
“The shopping list or store address you got a few days ago will be there when you need it and then disappear after you don’t have it.”
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It’s correct. “Shopping list”.
“While it’s great to keep memories from friends and family, most of what we send doesn’t have to be eternal. Our goal is to make WhatsApp chats feel as human as possible, which means they don’t have to stick around forever.
And combined with WhatsApp’s infamous end-to-end encryption, group chat has never been more secure.
To enable this grace when it is deployed, you will have to convert it on a per chat basis. Open WhatsApp, tap contact name / conversation > Option > before selecting The message disappeared. But fair warning… this won’t apply to old messages. Just the people going forward. Plus copying and taking screenshots of said messages is still possible; and if a disappearing message is sent to a conversation without the function being activated, it will in fact remain.
Don’t be cold, friends.