WhatsApp to Roll Out IP Address Protection in Upcoming Update

A major component of WhatsApp’s recent actions has surrounded the instant messaging platform’s attempts to provide more security to its users than might have been the case otherwise. Individuals involved in its Google Play Beta Testing program saw an upcoming update that might greatly expand privacy for WhatsApp users, thereby making it a more secure platform overall with all things having been considered and taken into account.

This upcoming update revolved around encrypting the IP address of individuals taking part in a WhatsApp call. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that you will notice a new toggle in the privacy section, one that will enable you to protect your IP address during a call.

It bears mentioning that this is the same section that can be used to screen calls from users that aren’t already in your contact list. This enables you to avoid calls that might come from scammers and the like, and the IP protection toggle is clearly part of WhatsApp’s wider privacy push. Such features are important because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up keeping users safe while they are exchanging messages on the platform.

However, one downside of turning IP protection on is that it might reduce the voice quality in your calls. Users that want an added layer of protection will be well served, and many would consider this to be a worthy trade off. In spite of the fact that this is the case, others would suggest that the degradation of call quality is not something that they would be willing to contend with.

It is yet to be seen when this feature will get a wider rollout. Only Google beta testers were able to get a look at it so far, so Android users will likely get the update sooner than iOS users. Either way, this update will be rolled out some time this year since it has already reached the beta testing phase which means that it is mostly complete.

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