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How to prevent your WhatsApp account from being hacked

Can we protect ourselves by using the most used instant messaging service in the world (by more than 1.5 billion people), WhatsApp? Today we tell you how to prevent your WhatsApp account from being hacked.


Don’t use the unsupported version of WhatsApp

It seems like a no-brainer, but using an unsupported version of WhatsApp can make you more vulnerable to hackers. Although the popular GBWhatsApp has been banned by WhatsApp, some users are still searching and finding a way to install it on their mobile devices. Avoid it at all costs.


Activate two-step verification

Although this option is disabled by default, we encourage you to activate the two-step verification system for greater security. When you re-register your mobile phone number, it will ask you for a numeric code, a PIN, in order to continue with the whole process. To configure it, go to Settings → Account → Two-Step Verification → Enable → choose the six-digit pin. Clever. And remember not to share that WhatsApp code with anyone.


Don’t click on any suspicious links

Do you get random links from a contact on WhatsApp? It is common sense not to open any links that are suspicious to you. If they have sent you a link, first ask your contact about it and if the answer is satisfactory, then you can enter the link. It appears that WhatsApp is working on a “suspicious links” feature , which will make it easier for users to discover which links are trustworthy and which are not. So far, caution.


Has a group member been hacked?

If someone in a WhatsApp group has been hacked, the administrator should remove and re-add the member to the group. Once this is done, the alleged intruder will not be able to send messages to the group again. If this has been the case, do not delay in alerting friends and family about what happened to avoid the theft of personal data or scams.


Close the session when finished

We often have the tendency to log into WhatsApp Web at the office or other similar place and then leave the account open on the desktop. This habit can create problems for you, because if someone sits at the same computer they will be able to access all your chats without you knowing. It is good practice to log out of WhatsApp Web before leaving the office. It will take just a few seconds to log in again by scanning the phone code.


Activate security notifications

When a new mobile, tablet or laptop accesses an existing chat, a new security code is generated for both devices . And WhatsApp can send a notification when the security code changes. In this way, you can verify the encryption through a different intermediary, guaranteeing its security. To turn on security notifications, go to WhatsApp -> Settings → Account → Security → Show security notifications and change the function to green.


Disable cloud backups

While WhatsApp chats are encrypted, cloud backups represent a huge security gap. WhatsApp uses Google Drive to back up our chats and, depending on the privacy policies in the jurisdiction, Google may or may not be obliged to release this information to government authorities upon request. If you don’t want to take the risk, don’t back up your chats to Google Drive.


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