An alternative to conventional phone conversations and text messages on smartphones is WhatsApp, a messaging program. It is free, owned by Facebook, and provides several features that are popular with its users, including end-to-end encryption and cost-free international internet calling.
More than 1.5 billion people use WhatsApp, and they send 60 billion messages every day.
WhatsApp revealed a security flaw in May 2019 that purportedly enabled hackers access to not only a user's profile, but also all the data on their phone. It appears that the malware had a specific target in mind, but fortunately, WhatsApp was able to move fast and provide a patch to shield its users.
How to secure your WhatsApp account
If you use WhatsApp, make sure you have installed the latest update. You can also take other steps to protect your account.
Use a lock app –
WhatsApp does not yet offer this feature, but you can use a third-party lock app to protect your account. Download a reputable lock app, set a pattern to lock your WhatsApp screen, and you'll be one step ahead of hackers.
Always sign out of your account –
Whether you're using WhatsApp on desktop or mobile, make sure you always sign out of the app when you're done. WhatsApp sends a notification each time someone goes online. If you still log out when you're done, you'll be notified if someone else is using your account.
2-Factor Authentication –
You should be aware of this security step as it is recommended for all account types, including WhatsApp. With the app already using end-to-end encryption, protecting yourself with 2-factor authentication creates an insurmountable barrier for hackers.
Has your WhatsApp account been hacked?
I'm assuming you've taken security precautions to safeguard your WhatsApp account. Sadly, no account is completely secure from hackers. Do you suspect a hack of your WhatsApp account? Here are some warning signals to look out for.
You cannot log in –
The WhatsApp application can only be used on one device at a time. If you're having trouble logging into your account or can't call, someone else may be using your account.
Check WhatsApp Web –
WhatsApp Web is a feature that allows users to chat from their browser. It's a great feature, but unfortunately, hackers can access your WhatsApp web and see your chat history and status there. There won't be any obvious signs that someone has hacked into your WhatsApp Web, so here's how to find out: open the app and click on the menu. Select “WhatsApp Web” where you can check which devices have access to your account. If you notice anything suspicious, you've most likely been hacked.
With the help of the excellent program WhatsApp, it is now simpler than ever to remain in touch with loved ones, do business with clients, and interact with the rest of the globe. Hackers may, regrettably, be an issue.
Hopefully, you've taken the necessary precautions to safeguard your smartphone and your account, but if it has been compromised, nonetheless,
keep an eye on our blog to learn how to get back in.