WhatsApp calls itself fully encrypted, but this does not make it un-hackable. Your WhatsApp can be hacked, and here’s how you can stop it.
WhatsApp calls itself fully encrypted, but this does not make it un-hackable. Being the most widely used chat app, WhatsApp has messages, including personal ones, that you may not be comfortable sharing.
So what happens if your WhatsApp account is hacked. Though WhatsApp can be hacked to some extent only, we don’t have to tell you how bad the hacking can do to you.
Once hacked, the hacker can keep an eye on you, like when you come online on WhatsApp, your sleeping pattern, online activity, etc.
Hackers can access your WhatsApp data by various means, like WhatsApp web or registering your number on another device.
WhatsApp cannot work on two phones simultaneously, but if you register your number on another device, hackers can quickly get hold of all your chats, including personal ones.
Hackers can quickly scan your WhatsApp QR code and access your WhatsApp conversation anywhere. However, this requires hackers to access your phone to access the QR code physically.
To know if your WhatsApp web is active on an unknown device, go to the three dots given at the top right corner of your WhatsApp window.
Go to WhatsApp Web and check the list of all open sessions. This will let you see all the connected devices to your WhatsApp.
If you see a message ” This phone could not be verified”, an unknown device has also accessed your WhatsApp.
There is also third-party software available on the web that hackers can use to sniff in your WhatsApp conversations.
Tips to prevent your WhatsApp from getting hacked:
- Log out from all computers you see in the list under WhatsApp Web. This will stop hackers from reading your chats further. However, this should be done every time you use WhatsApp web.
- Do not leave your phone unattended when you are out.
- Lock all your apps to prevent unknown people from accessing your apps.
- Do not connect your phone to unknown WiFi connections, as hackers can also use the unique MAC address to access all your WhatsApp chats.
- If your WhatsApp is already hacked, deactivate your account by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your account will be automatically deleted if not accessed for 30 days.
- Enable 2 step verification under WhatsApp Account settings. This will add an extra layer of security to the app.