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WhatsApp is a popular communication platform. However, that doesn’t mean that its security is foolproof (even though messages are encrypted.) Like other social media platforms, there are certain security threats you need to be aware of!
There is currently a new hack that involves your account being broken into and then the ‘bad guys’ use your account to break into your friends’ accounts and cause havoc.
What Is the Specific WhatsApp Hack?
The hack starts by someone on your friends list being compromised.
The ‘bad guys’ use your friends’ account to ask you to help them as they may be ‘locked out of Facebook’ or ‘their email’
They will send a request verification code to you that you then have to give them.
In reality, they are spoofing your phone number and trying to access YOUR account.
When you give them the verification code, you’re granting them access to your WhatsApp account! Including seeing private messages, accessing sensitive information, and even sending messages from your account in groups etc!
Since this is a hack that typically starts by one of your friends getting hacked, you also put your other friends at risk if your account is compromised.
What Can You Do to Protect Your WhatsApp from Being Hacked?
One of the best things you can do to prevent this is to set up two-factor authentication on WhatsApp. This allows you to set up a secondary verification code and identity authentication through your email account.
Our video above shows exactly how to set this up, or if you prefer to follow the steps here you should:
1. To start, open your WhatsApp and go to your Settings which you can access through the icon with three dots on the top right corner of your screen.
2. Now, go to your account and choose two-step verification. This will prompt you to enter a six-digit PIN code of your choosing. Make sure to choose something that you’ll remember but one that won’t be easy for other people to guess.
3. Then, you’ll be prompted to add an email address you can use to reset your PIN if needed.
Once this is set up, don’t share this PIN with anyone. The most secure option is to keep this PIN private so that no one else has access to your account.