Change this vital WhatsApp setting now to block scam callers from contacting you

WhatsApp users have just been given a major new feature by Meta—which could keep you protected from scammers and cybercriminals for good.

With WhatsApp quickly becoming one of the most common ways cybercriminals target their victims, the app's developers have released a new tool called Silence Unknown Callers.

This feature automatically screens spam, scams, and calls from people you don't know.

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That means anyone who isn't saved as one of your contacts will appear on your Call List but without putting you at risk by ringing you up.

On top of this, Meta is throwing in a 'Privacy Checkup' tool which gives you access to multiple privacy settings to keep your messages, calls, and personal information secure.

In a statement, WhatsApp said: "Protecting the privacy of your messages remains the driving force behind what we're building at WhatsApp.

"While End-to-end encryption is the foundation to ensure your calls and messages are secure, we continue to add more layers of privacy on top including the recently launched Chat Lock to protect sensitive chats behind a password."

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To activate Silence Unknown Callers, just open the WhatsApp Settings menu then hit Privacy.

You'll see a button to toggle the feature on and off.

This is also where you'll find Privacy Checkup, so make sure you run through that when you get the chance.

If you can't find it on your WhatsApp just yet, don't panic. The feature is being rolled out to WhatsApp users in the near future so you can expect to see it on your phone in the next couple of weeks.

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