Well, I believe in this era of developed technology none of us is unaware of Whatsapp. Whatsapp has become so popular in a very short time period. Not only in Pakistan but all over the world. Since its launch in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum to now in 2019, it has become a symbol of text and voice messaging. It is popular among teenagers because of some features like group chatting, voice messages, video calling, Document, audio and location sharing. The service that WhatsApp provides is very similar to text messaging usually known as SMS.
However, there are some differences between them. Text messaging services that are provided in your mobile deducts charges. Whereas WhatsApp uses the internet to send text and voice messaging. Moreover, it provides the facility of video calling. The cost of using WhatsApp is significantly less than texting and calling from regular service providers.
Whatsapp has changed our way of communicating. With the launch of WhatsApp business and web WhatsApp, our lives have become easier. WhatsApp Business makes interacting with customers easy by providing tools to automate, sort and quickly respond to messages. Whereas WhatsApp Web is computer-based extensions of the WhatsApp account on your phone.
But hold on with all these features to make life easier there are some risk factors attached to it. There have been different and new methods introduced and used by a hacker to hack someone WhatsApp. With some new methods, even unprofessional hackers can hack into your account.
Web WhatsApp option has increased the risk of hacking. A person having your mobile in hand with internet facility can hack into your accounts within a minute. For this, a person has to convert his/her Google chrome in desktop site from their mobile.
Then the hacker visits https://web.whatsapp.com/ where there is QR code.
The hacker then goes into your WhatsApp and opt for web Whatsapp. Afterward, he/she scans the QR code with your WhatsApp. And now he/she is in your account.
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There is another method through which your account can be easily hacked. We all our receiving so many SMS from PTA asking to check if there mobile is registered or not. For this purpose, we have to message them our IMEI number.
Well, the hacker might message you that you will receive a coded message. Send that code to the following number to check if your mobile is approved from PTA or not. While he/she requests a WhatsApp code for your number.
The code would be a WhatsApp code and then he/she can log in to your WhatsApp account.
What can you do to secure your account?
To prevent your account from hacking from this two easiest way. You can take these steps.
You can enable two-way authentication. Open WhatsApp then select Settings>Account>Two–Step verification>Enable. You would be asked to provide 6 digits pin code. Add the pin code of your choice.
You would have to provide them on a regular basis to keep using our WhatsApp. If someone logs into your account and your two-way authentication are not active. The hacker can enable it and you won’t be able to get your account back. If you had already enabled it hackers would not be able to use your account unless the hacker provides te 6-digits Pin code.
You receive a notification whenever your account gets logged into web Whatsapp. But if a hacker has blocked your notification before handing back your mobile to you or you get so much notification that you don’t bother to see every one of them. Then you can check it through our own WhatsApp.
If you find an unknown device you can log out from that device immediately.