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How to protect your WhatsApp account from hackers

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Hackers are not as smart as you think, and they will never steal your WhatsApp passwords, credit card information or private details if you understand their tricks.  

WhatsApp has now come a very long way; from being a simple chat app to one of the most popular messaging apps, and the company keeps on infusing new features to maintain high security standards that prioritize user’s privacy. Fully encrypted messaging software has been the answer.

Following Facebook’s recent issues with user’s privacy, WhatsApp says security will remain one of its core features. But despite using secure end-to-end encryption and two-step verification process, the chat app has been vulnerable to attacks from hackers who often find ways to steal users’ passwords. Loss of data has, in most cases, proved more expensive and dehumanizing, particularly when private videos or pictures are at stake.

Tech experts confirm that hackers can gain access to your WhatsApp data by various means such as WhatsApp web or registering your number on another device.

Though it is true that you cannot use a WhatsApp number on two different smartphones at the same time, hackers have a way of spying on your personal chats. And it is very easy. They can break your security walls by scanning WhatsApp Web QR code. This gives them unhindered access to your WhatsApp conversation from anywhere in the world. Yet, this will never happen until the criminal gains physical access to your smartphone.

To know if your WhatsApp has been hacked or is active on another smartphone, all you need to do is click on the three dots located at the top right corner of WhatsApp window. After that, go to WhatsApp Web to see the list of all open sessions.

From WhatsApp Web, you will find all devices (phones or computers) linked to your WhatsApp account.

If in the process you found “This phone could not be verified,” it means your WhatsApp security has suffered a breach and someone has accessed your account from an unknown device.

In addition, hackers can sniff in your WhatsApp conversations with the help of some third-party software but unsuspecting users should desist from using unknown WiFi connections and ensure they always sign out of all active WhatsApp Web session found in the WhatsApp Web list.

Hackers are reportedly using their unique MAC address to obtain passwords and private data when you connect to free WiFi. However, if you suspect a breach of your privacy, quickly deactivate your account by e-mailing the issue to support@whatsapp.com

Importantly, you will need to reactivate the account with a new password within 30 days or risk having your account deleted permanently. You can also add an extra layer of security to your WhatsApp account via WhatsApp Account settings.

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