How to Protect Your WhatsApp from Hackers: 7 Essential Tips

WhatsApp Messenger has changed the way individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments communicate with one another and intera...

WhatsApp Messenger has changed the way individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments communicate with one another and interact in the world today. The importance of WhatsApp as a virtual communication tool cannot be overemphasized.
Protecting your WhatsApp account from hackers is vital to safeguard those sensitive, private chart/information. It has been said in some quarters that, “if the phone of one of world's most powerful man can be hacked, the same can happen to any one else.” Recall that sometime ago it was reported that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos account was hacked via WhatsApp.
Here are seven tips you should keep in mind to protect hackers attack you via WhatsApp.

End-to-End Encryption:
As a WhatsApp user, kindly ensure that your chats are end-to-end encrypted. To verify that a chat is end-to-end encrypted:
Open the chat of a contact on your WhatsApp, tap on the name of the contact to open the contact info screen, and then tap Encryption to view the QR code and 60-digit number. WhatsApp end-to-end encryption ensures that only you and your contact can read the messages that are being exchanged and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.

Don’t click on any suspicious link:
It is recommended that when a link is sent to you on WhatsApp and you are not sure of what the link is all about, kindly ignore such or out-rightly delete completely. Hackers are known to hide under such guise to steal vital information from unsuspecting smartphone users.

 Tweak those privacy settings:
WhatsApp provides various privacy options to the users. The messaging platform provides users with options to choose who they want to share their profile photo, status, and other details with. It’s a good idea to change the Setting to “Contacts only.” This means only phone numbers that are saved on your smartphone will be able to see your profile photo, status, phone number, and auto-delete status as well.

 Kindly Deactivate WhatsApp when you lose your Phone:
Losing phone is a very common phenomenon. It can be devastating, depressing, and the feeling of bereavement.  In this case, you should deactivate the WhatsApp to prevent hackers from getting access to all your personal data. To deactivate WhatsApp account, lock your SIM card. To lock your SIM card, call your network provider send in the details and pronto, your SIM will be deactivated. Once this is done, no one will have access to your WhatsApp. You will be able to recover your WhatsApp account when you reactivate your SIM perhaps with a new smartphone.
Two step verification:
WhatsApp introduced the “Two-step verification” feature around two years ago.  The two-step verification is another way to ensure that you are the rightful owner of such account This feature adds more security to your WhatsApp account. To enable two-step verification:

Open WhatsApp,
Go to Settings,
Click on Account,
Two-step verification, and enable it.
WhatsApp also asks you to enter your correct email address.

 Remember to log out of WhatsApp Web:
We often have the tendency to login to WhatsApp web with our laptops and desktop computers and then leave the account open on the desktop afterwards. This habit can actually create problems for you. Someone else sitting on the same PC can access all your chats without you even realizing it. To prevent others from having access to your WhatsApp account, it’s a good practice to Logout from WhatsApp web before leaving office or where ever. It’s just takes seconds to login again. Just scan the code and you’re done.

 Use WhatsApp screen Lock Apps:
Try out WhatsApp lock screen applications option available on most smartphones including Samsung and iPhones. Alternatively, you can download other apps with such features from the Play Store. This will ensure no one else but you can open your WhatsApp account. Just head to Settings menu, Privacy, and then select Screen Lock option. You will need to scan your finger print or use a pin, pattern, or password option to create a lock. After the process is completed, you will have to scan your fingerprint every time you open the WhatsApp app. This adds an extra layer of security.

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