Cybersecurity

Hackers after your whatsapp account: How to avoid being Hacked.

The pain of going through being hacked can be tough. Losing your messages, pictures, friendships built overtime and others valuable information on your social media account is an experience no one would like to pass through.

How to prevent being hacked

The activities of hackers this days is on the rise. From twitter and Facebook account being hacked and so on. Hackers are targeting your whatsApp Account. in this article i will show you how prevent your whatsApp account from being hacked into.

An Israeli security firm — Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. recently discovered a series of shortcomings in the Facebook-owned instant messaging app.

The company revealed that hackers can manipulate messages sent to a group by altering the identity and messages of the sender.

This is coming after WhatsApp was reportedly hacked by attackers who installed advanced spyware on an unknown number of smartphones. According to reports, the hackers were able to install the surveillance technology by calling targets using WhatsApp’s voice call feature. However, it appears it is not peculiar to Nigeria.

One of the affected WhatsApp users, confirmed that his phone number was changed and he was automatically removed from a WhatsApp group he belongs to. The supposed hacker then sent messages to the group about an investment that guarantees the investor receiving double of the amount invested within 30 minutes.

To further investigate the hack, a call was put through to the supposed hacker to enquire about the advertised investment. The hacker claimed that “the investment is real and reliable and it’s secured under the Corporate Affairs Commission.”

He then asked the caller to send the desired investment amount to an account number that he provided.

He further said that he wasn’t aware of the hack until he started receiving several calls from some members of the group to clarify if he was responsible for the messages.

Considering recent complaints and reports about WhatsApp being hacked, it appears it is experiencing safety issues similar to Facebook.

In light of the recent safety concerns, here are a few things to do to avoid being scammed or hacked.

Do not use the unsupported version of WhatsApp

Avoid using an unsupported version of WhatsApp. Though the popular GBWhatsApp has been banned by WhatsApp, some users still find a way to install it on their mobile devices.

Authorise the two-way verification process

To do this, click on settings in WhatsApp, select account, then choose two-step verification to enter a 6-digit PIN.

Once this is done, WhatsApp will be safe for use and free from hackers.

For hacked group members

It is advisable to put a call through to the group member whose number has been sending unsolicited messages to the group to clarify if they were hacked.

Remove and re-add the group member

If they were hacked, the admin should remove and re-add the group member. Once this is done,  the alleged hacker will be unable to send messages to the group again.

WhatsApp has become an integral part of the lives of millions of people but while using the app, it is a good idea for users to notify friends and relatives about the hack to avoid personal data theft or scams.

This is not a good one for Zukerberg as Facebook accounts have come attack this year and now WhatsApp is facing a similar problem. He might have to check his security and strengthen it.

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Jesse Kanadi
Hi, I am Jesse Kanadi, the CEO of Blog NIgeria site, a Nigerian based technology website focused on bringing you all the latest on Technology in Nigerai, Afria and the world. I am also a wordpress and front end developer at God's Glory designs.

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