With an ever increasing presence on the social media messaging platform WhatsApp has become the target of hackers. These can be a major data breach hack that has been going around now for over a year – or a more targeted hack.
It seems a very simple way to hack an account but there are also steps you can take to minimize the risk.
When WhatsApp is installed you are sent a 6 digit verification code to the phone number used when setting up the account. Once the code is entered the account is verified and ready to use.
Hackers use an already hacked phone and send a message to “a friend” on the victims phone asking if they can use their number to receive the SMS to verify the account.
The friend agrees to this and a code is sent. This will turn out to be the WhatsApp verification code for the friends phone and account!
And the hackers are now into your friends account.
If you set up 2 step verification on your WhatsApp settings this should prevent this happening to you.
Another way WhatsApp can be hacked is using a spy software program or app. These are readily available and can also be used on any mobile device including tablets.
Software programs like mSpy and flexiSPY would be two of the most reliable and easy to install spy apps.
My main article on How to hack WhatsApp goes into more detail and you can read how hackers can gain access to you account.
If you think your account has been hacked or compromised there are some signs you can look out for.
Signs Your WhatsApp Has Been Hacked
If you notice a sudden change in the way the app is performing it could be a sign something has changed. You seem to be getting more prompts to change your passwords or notifications of password changes that you have not done or requested.
Or you are getting authentication requests that seem to be happening much more frequently and you have not changed the way you use WhatsApp.
These tips can prompt you into thinking your account has been hacked but what if it your cell phone that has been hacked.
Signs Your Phone is Hacked.
This can be a much bigger problem as the hacker has not only access to your WhatsApp but to all data stored on your phone! And nowadays we all store so much information on our phones. Scary thought.
If your phone is hacked everything you use on it is potentially hacked! Here are some signs to look out for – also see my main article on signs your phone is hacked here.
Now all batteries lose their power over a period of time but you find yours is losing power much quicker than before and you are constantly re-charging. This can be a sign there is a spy app or malware running in the background using up your battery charge.
Changes in how the phone behaves
Sudden changes in your phone can be a sign there is something running in the background using up resources and making the phone react differently. These changes can include noises when SMS’s are received that are unusual. Apps crashing, screen freeze or a general slowdown in performance.
If you are getting unusual emails that contain strange script including symbols and codes it could be a sign the phone is hacked. Spy apps can use code to control the program and it could show up as a strange email.
You might also be informed that unusual emails seem to be coming form you that you have not sent.
Never open an email or text with an attachment if you are not 100% sure who it is from.
It is important to get into the habit of checking all apps installed on your phone for signs there are some you did not install.
If you find any uninstall them immediately.
My main article deals in much more detail on Signs Your Phone is Hacked.
We have looked at signs your WhatsApp or phone can be hacked but there are other ways WhatsApp can be hacked or spied on.
Ways WhatsApp can be Hacked.
We have mentioned your account can be hacked with a major data breach or using a spy software program but there are other ways your WhatsApp is vulnerable to a hack.
This type of hacking is normally done by more advanced hackers who use specialized software to detect vulnerable devices using a bluetooth connection.
If they are in range they target your phone, gain access to all your data and if you stay in range they can then download all your information.
Sim Card Hacking
This one is harder to do as the hacker must try to convince your service provider they are you. If they do they can request a replacement sim card and then when it is activated they have access to everything you store on your phone.
This happens when you appear to get an email or text from a trusted company such as a bank or utility provider. These will have an attachment and once you have clicked on it your mobile is open to the hack as the virus or software is embedded in the link.
Have you heard about using codes to check if your phone is hacked? I have an article where I tested these claims – I think you’ll find it interesting!
What to do if WhatsApp Has Been Hacked.
This can depend on how the account has been hacked. If it is through a major data breach you will be informed by WhatsApp and they will advise you to change your password and initiate 2 step verification.
If the account has been hacked using a spy app or spy software you must uninstall it and re-set any passwords.
My main article on How to Unhack Your Phone goes into more detail on the steps you need to take.
As with all social media apps they are open to hacking whether this be through a major breach at the company or through the use a spy software, spy apps or phone hacking.
But don’t despair as there are steps you can take to unhack your device and keep it secure in the future.
At Acisni we have lots of detailed posts and articles they can help keep your cell phone and mobile devices secure – even if you have been the victim of a hack in the past.