Things could get really nasty for WhatsApp users if you aren’t careful. A new vulnerability has been discovered which could allow a remote attacker to easily deactivate WhatsApp on your phone, with just your phone number. The worrying thing is that two-factor authentication will not be able to prevent this from happening.
But, like anything connected to the internet, there are security vulnerabilities that nefarious individuals are all too happy to explore. Due to the nature of WhatsApp, it’s essential to act fast if you think your account got breached.
This article will teach you how to spot suspicious activity in WhatsApp and teach you how to secure your account. Let’s dive in!
Getting Signed In
To better understand how WhatsApp works, we’ll first walk you through logging into your account. WhatsApp provides two ways to access; online and via the application (available on iOS and Android).
Using the web version of WhatsApp makes it a lot easier to type, as you can do it on a keyboard rather than tapping on your phone screen.
1. Open a WhatsApp Web session by selecting the three-dot menu icon in the main WhatsApp window.
Your WhatsApp window on your phone should be reflected in the browser, allowing you to chat and interact as usual.
Check if Someone is Using Your WhatsApp Account
WhatsApp is relatively easy to use. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to spot an interloper if they aren’t interacting with the application. This scenario would most likely be someone who only wants to eavesdrop on your conversations. But, some hackers also want to take over your account.
Regardless of their intentions, we will use this section to educate you on some warning signs that someone is in your account.
Check your messages – For starters, the most apparent signs of another person using your account lies in your messages. From messages you didn’t send to messages from unknown people, this should be your first stop.
When you open WhatsApp, you’ll first see a list of messages. Review this list for any messages you didn’t send and any messages you received from people you don’t know.
If you do see odd messaging activity, there’s likely someone in your account.
Check your contact information – If the interloper tries to hijack your account, they’ll start changing your contact information.
Using the WhatsApp mobile application, do this:
3. Review the information and verify that is accurate and up-to-date.
If anything is changed, or there is information here that you do not recognize, you’ll need to secure your account, which we will discuss a little more in detail below.
Check for WhatsApp Communications – At this point, you should also check your text messages for any communications from WhatsApp. If you’re using an iPhone, open Messages and use the search bar at the top to type in ‘WhatsApp.’ If you’re using an Android device, use the magnifying glass to search for texts from WhatsApp.
What we’re looking for here is any communications about account changes or account access.