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How To Secure Your WhatsApp And Retrieve Your Hacked Account

WhatsApp remians many people’s favourite messenger as it helps them keep up with family, friends, and business, therefore, it is very important we are aware of security tips to prevent it from being hacked and how to retrieve it if it gets compromised.

 

Also, our phones are one of our most precious possessions because they mostly contain a lot of private information and naturally, we should take their security seriously.

 

For this reason, the Facebook-owned app implemented a two-step authentication feature. Additionally, WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption even makes your account less susceptible to hackers. However, it seems that hackers have found a new way to compromise the messenger and steal valuable information.

 

The process is actually very simple and is simply known as social hacking. This is when the hackers rely on your unsuspecting friends and associates to perpetuate a wide-scale hack. It requires getting the six-digit security verification code that WhatsApp sends via SMS to activate your account.

 

It’s quite simple. The hackers use an already compromised phone and can even start the hack from right within their circle. They search out numbers from groups as they cannot access chats when signing in on a new device. The end-to-end encryption means that your messages are stored on your device so it can’t be accessed at log in on a new device.

 

After identifying a number they want to compromise, the hackers will first reach out to the owners of those numbers via text or WhatsApp itself before attempting to log in to the accounts.

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The hackers then pretend not to have received a security verification code on their number that is required for signing in again on their own WhatsApp account and tell the unsuspecting victims that, because of their inability to get the numbers, they’ve sent it to them. After which they ask the victims to send back the numbers.

 

On the surface, the victims think they are doing a friend or colleague a favour. However, in truth, they have just given away their verification code to their hackers.

 

WhatsApp advises that users do not share their security verification code with others.

How to retrieve your hacked WhatsApp account

— In a FAQ page, WhatsApp says users can retrieve their stolen accounts by simply re-verifying their phone number. This process will automatically log out the person who hacked the account in the first place.

 

In some cases, it is not that simple. If the hacker enables two-step verification, and you didn’t, it will mean you will not be able to access the account using the method above. In this case;

 

— Wait for 7 days, then you’ll be able to sign in without the two-step verification code. This will log out the hacker whether you know the verification code the hacker put in or not once you’ve entered the 6-digit SMS code.

 

— If you suspect that an unauthorised person is using your account via WhatsApp Web/Desktop, you should log out of all computers from your phone.

 

WhatsApp will also notify you when someone tries to register a WhatsApp account with your phone number.

 

The messaging app also recommends that users enable the “Two-Step Verification” setting. This will mean that the security code will simply not be enough to access their accounts.

 

You can enable the two-factor verification on your WhatsApp by going to; Settings > Account > Two-Step Verification.

 

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