What To Do If Your WhatsApp Account Gets Hacked.
When her boyfriend offered to set up her new smartphone, Bernice* thought he was just being nice. Only much later did she discover his hidden agenda. She tells me her story.
*All names have been changed
What do you do when you suspect your boyfriend is reading all your text messages, scrolling through your photo gallery, and tracking your location without your consent? And how do you prove it? For a few weeks Bernice struggled with this.
Eddie looked like the average nerd, the kind of guy she wouldn’t normally give a second look. He was geeky and loved computers. They met at school.
From the get-go, he made it clear he was interested in her. He proved to be a sociable and easy-going guy, and we hit it off . they were dating exclusively.
She saw Eddie about two or three times a week. He didn’t seem to mind this arrangement, and he had lots of friends of his own, so things in the first few months of our relationship were pretty smooth.
The trouble began when she bought her new phone. She asked Eddie to help him set up her phone and Eddie, being something of an IT expert, offered to help me set it up.
Unquestioningly, she surrendered the phone to him, happy to let him do all the heavy lifting. Within minutes, her new phone was up and running.
Little did she know that that was the beginning of the end and the start of a very exhausting life with her bf or soon to be ex. The relationship got sour and they drifted apart. After the break up Eddie began sending her screenshots of chats she’d been having with other men. He would show up on her dates. For over a month he kept on harassing her.
The day he offered to set up her phone was the he decided to hack her phone. Bernice only realized her phone was hacked until when they broke up.
Her story is not unique. Thousands of women have had their phones and WhatsApp hacked. 5 of my friends have had their WhatsApp hacked. I’m sure there are more out there who have been hacked.
What do you do once you realize your WhatsApp is hacked?
To answer this question you must first understand how someone can hack your WhatsApp.
Ways Hackers Might Use To Hack WhatsApp
1. Using WhatsApp Web
I 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.
After getting your backup file using the file manager, they can send it via Xender to another device.
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 Third-party Spyware
There is some other third party Apps which claims to hack WhatsApp conversation. Apps like spyzie 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 you’ll 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.
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
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 your 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.
Drastic measures to use once hacked.
If you realize you are hacked you can use these two methods to unhack yourself.
- Format your Phone
- Change your IMEI number.
The worst thing that could happen to anyone is to get his or her WhatsApp hacked.
I hope this article helps you to secure your WhatsApp account from being hacked. Let me know what you think in the comment section below. And in a case that I left out anything, kindly let me know.
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