WhatsApp users warned to change key privacy setting today to protect their texts

If you're a WhatsApp user and want an extra layer of privacy, there's an amazing new feature you need to activate.

The popular encrypted messaging app has a little-known 'disappearing messages' feature, where any texts you send will vanish after a selected period of time.

The tool, called 'Message Timer', makes your messages disappear after 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days depending on what you choose.

You can easily activate it for any conversation by going into the settings of a chat and clicking 'Disappearing messages'.

You're even able to apply it to all conversations globally by going to your account settings then tapping Privacy > Default message timer.

WhatsApp has also made it possible for people to send each other disappearing photos and videos, for when you want someone to see a picture but not hang onto it for too long.

The app is also reportedly working on a feature where images will vanish after being viewed once. According to WABetaInfo: "Unfortunately, it is still not possible to send view once photos and videos, but this feature is planned to be released in a future update, so be sure to keep up to date your WhatsApp beta build from the Microsoft Store."

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Apple recently announced changes to its iMessage platform in a bid to take on WhatsApp.

iPhone users will now be able to edit and unsend their messages for the first time, giving them features that WhatsApp users have had for some time. They'll also be able to mark text threads as unread.

Craig Federighi, an engineer at Apple, said at the launch: "These three features are going to make a big difference in how you use messages every single day."

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