WhatsApp allows us to stay in touch with our loved ones, which is all the more important during the holidays. However, it has also become fertile ground for hackers in recent times.
During the holiday season, many organizations and consumers tend to let their guard down to celebrate with family and friends. This can make them vulnerable to cyber attacks that could cause them to lose access to their accounts.
Some of the attacks that people can be targets for include bad actors posing as family members to gain access to an unsuspecting WhatsApp user’s account.
Once they take control of your account, crooks can also use it to steal your identity and gain access to your family and friends’ accounts as well.
How to secure your WhatsApp account?
The easiest and easiest way to secure your WhatsApp account is to make sure that two-step verification is turned on.
After that create a PIN code for your account. This extra step is very easy to configure and can be done with just the click of a button in your account’s privacy settings.
Remember to keep your verification code and PIN code to yourself, do not share it with anyone.
Another simple but important step you can take is to stay alert and be wary of any suspicious or unsolicited messages.
Always know who you are sharing your information with and don’t trust anyone who wants to offer you money out of the blue, especially during the holiday season.
What to do if your Whatsapp account is hacked?
If you are tricked into sharing your code and you end up losing access to your WhatsApp account, let your family and friends know first, as the hacker could impersonate you.
In addition to that, here is what you can do to recover your stolen account:
- Log in to the app with your phone number and check it by SMS
- You may be asked for a two-step verification code, but if the hacker has set it up, you will have to wait seven days to be able to log in. Either way, the hacker will be started from your account.
If you are logged in, but think that someone is still using your account through WhatsApp Web / Desktop, it is best to log out of the platform from all computers.
To log out of your computer or portal:
- Open WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop.
- Click Menu above your discussion list> Disconnect.