Your WhatsApp account holds a lot of information about your personal life, business life and social life. If this information gets to the wrong hands, it can lead to a lot of damage. So you should secure your WhatsApp account at all cost.
Now there are a lot of security measures you can take to effectively secure your WhatsApp account but before I go on to explain how to secure your WhatsApp account, let me explain a few ways your WhatsApp account can be hacked. So watch out for these threats and take action immediately.
Hacked through a malicious app installed in your phone.
This is an advanced way of hacking your WhatsApp account and it is very effective. Once the malicious app is successfully installed in your mobile phone through a link you clicked or something you downloaded, the attacker will download your WhatsApp database and steal your Private Key to decrypt the encrypted database. After successfully decrypting your chats, the attacker can proceed with his or her agenda.
Also, through the presence of the malware in your phone, the attacker can easily change your WhatsApp phone number to a new one and take over your account.
Hacked through WhatsApp Web.
This is a simple way of hacking your WhatsApp account. The attacker will need physical access to your phone and open your WhatsApp app to do a QR Code scan at web.whatsapp.com.
If the mission was successful, the attacker will have a web version of your WhatsApp account. Both old and future chats will be displayed on the web version
Hacked through Verification Code trick
In this process the attacker will trick you to send a WhatsApp verification code sent to your phone . He or she may pretend to be an admin from any of the groups you joined or blow a big lie that will make you send the code without further questioning.
How can I secure my WhatsApp account from hackers
Considering the above threats, you would want to take action now and secure your WhatsApp account.
Here are some ways to secure your WhatsApp account:
Lock your WhatsApp application
Always lock your WhatsApp application with a pin or pattern. If individual app locking feature is not available in your smartphone, then use a third party app locking application. There are many of such apps on google play store. I recommend AppLock
Locking your WhatsApp application will prevent anyone with physical access to your phone from accessing your account and carrying out any unauthorised activity.
Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA)
Two Factor Authentication is an optional but recommended security feature WhatsApp has implemented and it is very effective. It adds an extra layer of security to your WhatsApp account.
In case your WhatsApp account is hacked and the attacker is trying to access your account or change your phone number to a new one, WhatsApp will request the 6-digit code you registered as your Two Factor Authentication code. When the attacker gets to this stage he/she will be frustrated unless he/she knows your 2FA code.
To set up Two Factor Authentication for your WhatsApp account, follow the steps below:
Go to Settings
Click Account and select Two Step Verification
Next enter a 6 digit code you will remember.
Confirm the code by retyping it.
Finally you will be asked to enter your email address.
Now your WhatsApp account is a step ahead.
Avoid sharing your phone with anyone
With physical access to your phone, an attacker can visit malicious websites and download harmful files into your phone which will later grant permissions to access your WhatsApp account remotely.
Getting hacked through WhatsApp Web QR Code scan can only be possible through a physical access to your phone. So if you avoid sharing your phone with anyone you have successfully blocked that threat.
Update your WhatsApp version
A vulnerability was found in WhatsApp which could allow an attacker to hack your WhatsApp account with just a phone call. The exploit was developed by Israeli hackers.
WhatsApp has fixed the issue in their latest version, so if you are still using an outdated WhatsApp version, you are not safe.
Update your WhatsApp version to the latest version.
Frequently inspect WhatsApp Web login history
Always check the last time there was a login to WhatsApp web. You can always find WhatsApp Web Login history when you follow the steps below:
- Open WhatsApp app on your smartphone
- Tap on the three dots at the top
- A menu will display, select WhatsApp web
- You can now see all the computers connected to your WhatsApp account
- Log out from all computers if you did not make those connections
Secure your phone with an antivirus
An antivirus will do a great job in blocking threats. An antivirus will detect any malicious app found in your phone and notify you of any possible damage while at the same time blocking the attack.
Remember that your WhatsApp account can be hacked through a malicious app installed in your phone, so you would want to have a software that will monitor the activity of every app installed in your phone.
Have you clicked on any link and you got redirected to page that was not useful to you?
Have you ever handed your phone to anyone while you left to do something else?
If your answer is Yes, I highly recommend you diagnose your phone and WhatsApp application.
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