- Reports of users being hacked are on the rise,
- Protect yourself from cyber attacks,
- Never share your verification code.
As a result of the recent increased number of WhatsApp hacks, this article will look at how some of the incidents occur and the steps you can take to protect yourself from cyber-attacks.
The first step is to never share your verification code. WhatsApp uses end to end encryption which means your messages can’t be accessed by a third party, not even WhatsApp. A data breach can only happen if you give someone else your verification code and they have access to your account.
The hack is simple, You will receive a code from one of your friends or someone you chat with and they will ask you to send the code back to them. For your safety, if you get such massages do not send back the code and treat the person as a potential hacker. Anyone can do this so do not trust anyone.
In another incident on 3 February, a mobile number (+79258342544) joined one of the WhatsApp groups that I am in. Upon entry, he immediately removed all the admins from their adminship.
When one of the admins inquired about his agenda, he hacker said,
“I will give you back your platform after a week, I am not going to hack your phone.”
The hacker went onto threaten the admin saying
“Hacking is real, I can use your details (mentions admins name and surname which he never shared with him) to hack any company, you go to jail forever.”
The group is still operating in the hands of the hacker.
We are still investigating the hacks but in the meantime, to safeguard yourself from these attacks do not share your WhatsApp group links. Always add participants manually to avoid such incidences.
For added security, enable two-step verification on your WhatsApp. The security feature will require you to provide a pin when registering your number with the app again. To enable two-step verification, go to your settings, open two-step verification tab and input your pin. Remember to use a strong, hard to guess pin.
Because WhatsApp has become a privacy risk, do not share important information such as bank details, passwords and addresses on the platform. instead, use text messages or calls to share such information.
Hackers can also use the information you give out on your social media against you. Facebook collects data to give us annoying targeted ads and that information can be accessed by hackers as well. So hurry and take down all the information you want to remain private. Information such as your birth date, mother’s maiden name, pet’s name or any other identifying information from all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Another easy way to protect yourself online is by using stronger passwords. Use unique and hard-to-guess passwords, don’t use passwords like your birth year they are easily figured out.
Don’t do mobile banking or access secure websites using public Wi-Fi as you can easily be hacked on such a vulnerable connection.
For Apple users, update to IOS 14.4 This version has enhanced security features that will block Facebook from tracking you and collecting your data.