Protect your account
If you haven’t already, go to “Privacy and Security” in Telegram’s Settings menu. Your phone number should be set as visible only to “My Contacts” or better still “Nobody.” If it’s set to “Everybody” you increase your chance of being SIM swapped. While you’re in
the Settings menu, there’s a few more options you should run through, the most important being “Two-StepVerification.”
Telegram allows you to setup an account password that will prevent anyone getting into your account, even if they’re able to swap
your SIM. Getting a stolen Telegram account returned to its rightful owner is harder than it is with Twitter, so it pays to lock it down.
Finally, set “Groups” so that only your contacts can add you to Telegram groups. If you Set it to “Everybody” the danger is that you’re prone to being added to spammy crypto groups by random users.
Keep It A Secret
If you need to discuss sensitive information with a Telegram contact, select “New Secret Chat.” All messages are stored solely on the sender and recipient’s device – not in the cloud. That’s why if you start a secret chat on your smartphone, you can’t view the conversation when you access Telegram Web on your desktop. For added security, secret chats don’t allow message forwarding and have a self-destruct timer, after which the conversation will be deleted. Signal is regarded as the most private encrypted messaging app, but for most confidential conversations, Telegram secret chat is fine.
BEWARE of OTHER USERS NAME
Impostors touting “ETH giveaways” and other low-level scams are more commonly found on Twitter, but Telegram is not immune. Be cautious of anyone who direct messages you on Telegram claiming to be the admin of a group you’re in, offering you discounted tokens OTC and similar deals. Similarly, don’t assume that a particular Telegram handle corresponds with the same personality on Twitter. You’re probably not going to be messaged by Satoshi Nakamoto or Nick Szabo on Telegram, so be highly skeptical of anyone purporting to be a known crypto influencer unless their username can be verified, such as by cross-referencing it with their Twitter bio.
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Pin Popular Groups, Archive Noisy Ones
You can pin up to three groups to the top of your Telegram app for convenience. Just hold down the group name for a second and then push the pin icon that appears at the top of the page. Popular Telegram channels are alive with chatter, memes, and gossip – a little too alive at times. For fast-moving channels that provide more noise than signal, swipe left on them from the homescreen and they’ll be archived. You can still access them whenever you want to dive back in by clicking the “Archived Chats” button at the top of the page.