Fraudsters try to trick WhatsApp users to gain access to their six-digit verification code, which is basically an OTP used by WhatsApp to log-in to an account.
WhatsApp is a widely popular cross-messaging platform among users. The Facebook-owned app not only allows you to send text, but you can record voice messages, video calls, send images and live location as well.
In Nigeria and worldwide the rate at which WhatsApp accounts are being hacked for fraudulent and malicious intent is on the rise, ensure to read through the post for WhatsApp security best practices and tips.
Below we state a few tips on how you can protect your WhatsApp account from being hacked in 2021
Enable WhatsApp two-step verification
For an added layer of security, WhatsApp has provided a two-step verification feature. All you need to do is create a sensible 6-digit PIN code (not your birthday) to save your texts from being accessed by users who are not on your contact list.
- Opening WhatsApp Settings
- Navigate to Account
- Enable two-step verification
- Add your email address as well so that you can reset the PIN in case you forget it.
Update your privacy settings
It’s quite straightforward, if you don’t want strangers accessing your profile photo, see your stories, or view your other personal info, tweak the privacy settings. All that you need to do is set last seen, profile photo, about, and status to either my contacts or only me.
You can also choose to share these with only a few people depending on your privacy preferences. Privacy settings are available on WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy.
Lock your WhatsApp
Another WhatsApp security tip to protect your account from hackers is to lock your WhatsApp, even though this option isn’t directly available on WhatsApp, you can use third-party apps or even the security settings on your mobile phone to enable this security feature on WhatsApp. This will prevent others from accessing your WhatsApp chats even if they get access to your phone.
It will require you to enter a PIN, pattern, or fingerprint and will only let you enter the app once you know these credentials. But, make sure that you are using a credible and reliable third-party security app otherwise you can put your data to further risk.
Turn On Security Notifications
When a new phone or laptop accesses an existing chat, a new security code is generated for both phones. And WhatsApp can send a notification when the security code changes. This way, you can check the encryption with your friend over a different messenger, ensuring its security.
To turn on security notifications, go to WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Security > Show security notifications and flip the toggle to green, as pictured above.
Delete And Report Spam
Spammers often try to reach you through WhatsApp to lure you into clicking on malicious links or download malware-infected files. If you ever come across these spammy messages from an unknown number, you should simply ignore them and use the ‘Report Spam’ option that’s available on WhatsApp.
When you receive a message from an unknown number for the first time, you’ll have the option to report the number directly inside the chat. You can also report a contact or a group from their profile information. First, open the chat, then tap on the contact or group name to open their profile information, and then scroll to the bottom and tap ‘Report contact’ or ‘Report group’.
Quicky recover your hacked WhatsApp account
Has your WhatsApp account been hacked? This section shows you the easiest step in getting back your hacked WhatsApp account, you need to log-in again into WhatsApp with your phone number. You will receive a six-digit verification code via SMS that WhatsApp reads and logs you in automatically. Once you log-in, the hacker will be automatically logged out of your account.