WhatsApp is becoming an increasingly important part of communication. However, not all users use Messenger in a secure manner yet. Now WhatsApp has itself set up some rules of conduct that you should better get through the everyday life with the app.
The messenger app WhatsApp is used by millions of smartphone owners today. And it is precisely this popularity that is the greatest danger for all WhatsApp users. The popularity attracts fraudsters and other criminals who try to get your account data or sensitive information on your smartphone. To prevent this from happening, there are not only five helpful tips for account security on WhatsApp from us, but also directly from the messenger developers (via WABetaInfo ).
WhatsApp has published four rules with which users increase your security. First of all, it is important that you do not share your activation code with anyone. This is necessary to use or change the account. So if someone else has your code and mobile phone number, they can easily take over the account. Two-factor authentication offers even more security than handling the code responsibly. In the event of changes to the account, this requires a six-digit code that you define when setting up the measure. Even if your activation is lost, the fraudster still needs another code.
More tips for WhatsApp users
The other two tips to and from WhatsApp relate less to the technical side, but to calls and messages that you can get via Messenger. Be careful when unknown callers who claim to be either WhatsApp developers or other well-known companies ask you to install apps or provide information. Keep sensitive information to yourself.
This is especially true when news is dodgy and there is no formal tone. WhatsApp gives the following tips to uncover the fakes:
- Spelling and grammatical errors
- Prompt to tap a link
- Requested to share your personal information (e.g. credit card and account numbers, your date of birth, passwords, etc.)
- Request to forward the message
- Prompt to tap a link to “activate” a new function
- Notice that you have to pay for WhatsApp (WhatsApp is a free app. We will never ask you to pay to use WhatsApp, and you will never have to do anything to continue using WhatsApp for free.)
Further security measures for WhatsApp
Lately, WhatsApp has primarily dedicated itself to the fight against fake messages and chain letters on its own platform. This can quickly lead to misinformation or even security concerns, such as when a malicious link is shared through it. Therefore, the forwarding function has been provided with the “double arrow”, which is to indicate that the message has been forwarded more than five times before it has reached you. If the arrow appears, you can be almost certain that it no longer comes from your contact area.
It is similar to the magnifying glass next to such news that has recently appeared there. If you click on the symbol, the message is automatically thrown into known search engines. Based on the results, you can see whether it is a chain letter or a hoax. If you receive these messages from an unknown number, report the sender. You can find this option by clicking on the person’s name in the chat and then selecting “Report contact” at the bottom. If it is a friend or family member, please refer to the chain letter. Perhaps this already gives you the opportunity to trace the original sender and then report WhatsApp.