WHATSAPP is planning a brand new privacy feature – but it comes at a price.
An additional button gives you the opportunity to better protect your location from hackers.
This is done by shielding your IP address.
The IP address is a unique ID number assigned to every device or network connected to the internet.
This does not reveal your exact location.
But a rough place like the city could be fixed.
For most people, this doesn’t pose a big problem, but prominent users like politicians or activists might need it.
The feature yet to be launched will be available as a new button in call settings.
According to a leaked screenshot obtained by , it is marked as “Protect IP address on calls”. WABetaInfo.
However, WhatsApp has warned that the feature will make voice calls sound worse.
“To make it harder for people to infer your location, calls on this device are securely routed through WhatsApp servers,” the statement said.
“This will reduce call quality.”
It’s not clear when – or if – the feature will be available to the general public as it’s still in development.
Be on the lookout for future updates as new additions are being rolled out all the time.
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