How To Know If My WhatsApp Is Hacked & How To Fix It-
We suppose you have that feeling of, is something going on with my WhatsApp account? or you’re afraid that your friend or partner could be spying on you by having access to your WhatsApp in any way?.
WhatsApp calls itself fully encrypted but this does not make it un-hackable. Being the most widely used chat app, WhatsApp has all kinds of messages including your personal ones which you may not be comfortable sharing with others. Your WhatsApp can be hacked and here’s how you can stop it.
So what happens if your WhatsApp account is hacked. Though WhatsApp can be hacked to some extent only, we don’t have to tell you that how bad the hacking can do to you. Once hacked, the hacker can keep an eye on you like when you come online WhatsApp, your sleeping pattern, your online activity and much more.
Hackers can access your WhatsApp data by various means like via WhatsApp web or registering your number on another device. WhatsApp cannot work on two phones at the same time but hackers can register your number on another device, and easily get hold of all your chats including the personal ones.
Hackers can quickly scan your WhatsApp QR code and access your WhatsApp conversation from anywhere in the world. However, this requires hackers to have a physical access of your phone to access the QR code.
How To Know If My WhatsApp Hacked
The tips here are for information purposes only but not a guarantee of the real problem.
If your smartphone temperature hikes and gets warm all over sadden. Often times, strong apps running in the background of your phone cause the phone to warm up and most certainly, this could be caused a spyware.
Wired Battery Consumption
If your smartphone battery drains so quickly by just leaving it on mobile data or WiFi, then there is a possibility of a spy software running on your smartphone without your consent.
Ways Hackers Might Use To Hack WhatsApp
1. Using WhatsApp Web
We hope you know about this activity where you can use WhatsApp web and WhatsApp from your smartphone, both at the same time. However, someone else can use this activity to get into all your WhatsApp conversations.
The moment one gets access to your device, especially your phone, they can quickly scan your WhatsApp QR code, and can now access your entire WhatsApp conversation in that short time.
Yes, it is true that they’re also able to use the WhatsApp web from a different computer than yours. So this gives anyone a possibility to access your Whatsapp account from anywhere in the world for as long as they can access the WhatsApp QR code.
2. Access To Your Device Backup File
This works even when you have locked your WhatsApp with the AppLock. However, it should be noted that this hack affects only those devices that do not have the recently updated WhatsApp.
The moment the hacker gets access to your device, within minutes they will be able to read or delete WhatsApp conversations from another device. Read this article on how to recover your deleted WhatsApp chats
After getting your backup file using the file manager, they can send it via Bluetooth to another device, or they can use auto-backup apps like backup text for WhatsApp and directly email all your WhatsApp conversations in plain text by installing this app in your device and when they are through, they uninstall it.
With just these, they will access all your chats even when your WhatsApp is locked.
3. Using Wi-Fi Network With WhatsApp Sniffer
Just like it is risky using wifi with your email account, it is also possible for your WhatsApp to be compromised with the WhatsApp sniffer via a wifi network. Because every device has a unique mac address, if the hacker is able to spoof your mac address then he will be able to see all your WhatsApp activity.
4. Using Third-party Spyware
There is some other third party spyware which claims to hack WhatsApp conversation. Apps like mspy are paid and often require the intruder to install a small piece of software on your device, which will get them to your WhatsApp conversations.
How To Fix A Hacked WhatsApp Account
Disable WhatsApp Web
The moment you suspect unusual activity in your WhatsApp account, then it is no doubt someone is poking their nose in your WhatsApp chats and conversations. If they are using WhatsApp web, then you can confirm this:
- Open Whatsapp on your phone,
- Tap on the 3 vertical dots on the top right
- Then tap on WhatsApp web, a new window will open,
- Here see the list of last used clients, if you don’t recognize it, then chances are someone is hacking into your conversations and WhatsApp activities on your phone.
Note: To stop this, tap on Log out of all computers. This will stop the hacker from accessing your activities. However, this should be a caution for you to always check this and log out of all devices.
Lockup All Your Apps
According to our cybersecurity team, hackers use the extract messages from files technique to copy your WhatsApp messages from your device and email to another email id. It is also possible to use chatbots for WhatsApp.
They easily read all your WhatsApp messages by copying some files from Whatsapp folder and the solutions to this is to use an app called App Locker in your WhatsApp enabled smartphone.
App locker enables you to lock any application on your smartphone hence securing it. So when an attacker tries to copy those stored files from your WhatsApp enable smartphone, they will first have to unlock your phone
WhatsApp Two Factor Authentication
Of recent, WhatsApp introduced two-factor authentication. When you have two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit PIN that you created using this feature. To enable two-step verification, open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
When this is enabled, you can enter the email address that will allow WhatsApp to send you a link via email to disable two-step verification in case you ever forget your six-digit PIN.
Ways To Secure My WhatsApp Account
1. Do not use Public or Free Wifi access points
The most favorable way for hackers to access your apps is through insecure wifi connections. It should be known that most email hacks are through insecure wifi networks and so is all other apps on your mobile phone including your WhatsApp account.
Using insecure wifi network connections is a very risky activity and it could be the one way through which your WhatsApp account could be compromised.
Stay away from insecure wifi connections and this includes random wifi networks that you come across anywhere. This will prevent you from this risk of your WhatsApp account being hacked.
Also, please be informed that an intruder is able to access your device if you’re both on the same local or wifi network connection. That’s why it highly advised not to login into public and unsecured networks.
2. Never Let Anyone Get Access To Your Phone
After discovering that with just a minute of accessing your phone, anyone can use the WhatsApp web, or a backup file to access your WhatsApp conversations, see you WhatsApp status messages, you ought to know that it is very risky to let anyone access your phone.
Another thing to note is that WhatsApp is connected to your account with your phone’s IMEI number, which is unique to every single mobile device. Getting access to this number could get you whole phone activities to be hacked including your WhatsApp account. Ensure that no stranger gets access to your phone.
3. Block Installation From Unknown Sources
Allowing installation of apps on your phone from unknown sources leaves your phone vulnerable for hacking in case someone gets access to your phone. It is very helpful to block access to file manager on your phone.
Also, you should lock the play store and settings to stop installation from unknown sources. Always install apps from Google play store. Please check developer details, ratings, reviews of any app before install on your phone.
4. Lock WhatsApp
It is essential to have the applock that will help you lock your WhatsApp. It is true that WhatsApp does not offer this feature within itself, but you can download an app that you can use to lock your WhatsApp with a password or PIN. This will help you prevent anyone who accesses your phone from accessing your WhatsApp account since they will require a password to open it.
I strongly believe that when this is followed, you can be able to check if there is unusual activity in your phone and also be able to prevent all other ways through which a hacker can get into your account.
We hope this article helps you to secure your WhatsApp account from being hacked. Let us know what you think in the comment mailbox below, and in a case you need our help give us a call 0731-733-333 or mail us on email@example.com .