WHATSAPP is making it harder for strangers to track you down.
The US chat app this week started rolling out an update that prevents people not in your contacts from seeing your “last seen” status by default.
“Last seen” is the timestamp that appears on your WhatsApp profile and chats to show up when you last opened the app.
It’s possible to hide it in your WhatsApp settings, but so far it’s been visible to everyone by default.
Once updated, only your contacts and people you’ve chatted with will see your status, keeping your last use of the app a secret from all but your contacts.
News of the change hit social media on Monday after users reported that people’s “last seen” statuses were no longer appearing on the app.
One user wrote on Twitter: “Is anyone facing the same problem as me, I can’t see who was last seen.”
After a separate user contacted customer support, the mystery was solved.
They posted a screenshot of what appears to be an email from WhatsApp explaining that the app’s rules around the most recent sighting have changed.
“We’re making it harder for people you don’t know and haven’t talked to yet to see your online presence and were last seen on WhatsApp,” the email read.
Previously, users could choose to be last seen with Everyone, My Contacts, or Nobody.
Selecting No one means that, although your last seen is hidden from everyone, you cannot see anyone else’s timestamps.
WhatsApp previously had the default option set to Everyone. It is now set to My Contacts as standard.
The company has not publicly confirmed the change. The Sun has reached out to WhatsApp for comment.
The app has made several changes in recent weeks to strengthen user privacy.
Last week, they announced that they are expanding the disappearing messages feature to ensure they disappear after a certain amount of time.
Users can now set texts to self-destruct after 24 hours, seven days, or 90 days. You can now also set all your messages to disappear by default.
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Apple has announced that it will allow customers fix their own iPhone for the first time starting next year.
The UK is fighting a Translation of hacking attacks targeted at consumers and businesses, according to officials.
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