Are you even aware that your Viber account can be hacked? Well, it can and this is a real threat. Viber is billed as a very secure communications app and it is to some degree. But unfortunately it is vulnerable like most others.
I’m going to show you how to tell if your Viber account is hacked for sure. I’ll cover how hacking can take place, the signs to look out for and finally what to do if your Viber has been hacked.
Plus I’ll discuss some ways to prevent hacking in the first place.
How Viber Can Be Hacked
Viber may not be as secure as you think. There are several ways that someone can hack into your Viber account. The methods used can vary but the main thing to understand is that they either hack your phone or PC or they gain access to your username and password.
One way is if they have access to your phone and install a spy program that records your calls and messages on Viber. Spy apps are growing in popularity and easily available online. Once the app is installed, the hacker can see all your conversations and message history.
Some phone spy apps can also reveal your username and password through a Keylogger function. The Keylogger function records every keystroke you make on your device and reports the information back to the hacker. The Keylogger will report your actual sign in details, allowing someone else to sign in and even use your Viber account.
Spy apps can monitor a lot more than just your Viber account. They can easily monitor your call logs, track the phone location, view photos and videos and hack your emails.
Modern phone spy apps are incredibly powerful and the user will never know they have been hacked! It pays to be aware of what these apps can monitor – most people are shocked.
Another way someone can hack into your Viber account is by stealing your username and password. They may get this information by hacking into one of your email accounts or social media profiles. Methods like Phishing and Smishing attacks can be used to gain access to your accounts. See those articles to learn how these attacks work.
If they have your password, they can log in to your account and view all of your messages, change your settings, and use your Viber account. If you have shared your password with others or not kept it a secret, they can log in to your account without you ever knowing.
If a hacker gains access to your Viber account, they can do a lot of damage.
Signs Your Viber Account Has Been Hacked
So, how do you know if your Viber account has been hacked? Your Viber account itself can reveal clues that you have been hacked. There are several signs to look out for:
- Unexpected charges on your phone bill from calls or messages you didn’t make. This could be a sign that someone is spying on your calls.
- Suspicious activity on your account such as calls or messages you didn’t make, or new contacts that you don’t know.
- Your Viber conversations and messages have been suddenly deleted. This could be a sign that someone has logged into your account and cleared out your conversations.
- You are suddenly getting a lot of spam messages on Viber. This could be because your account has been hacked and the hacker is using your account to send spam messages.
- You are unable to sign in to your Viber account or you are getting an error message. This could be because someone has changed your password or logged into your account without your permission.
If you notice any of these signs, it is important to take action immediately. I will cover what you can do to secure your account later in this article.
Signs Your Phone is Hacked – Including Viber
If your phone has been hacked, all of your accounts are likely to be compromised including Viber. If your phone has been hacked using spy apps it can be difficult to find out for sure. I have several detailed security guides here on AcisNI.com in the Online Security section of the site.
You might read articles online about using codes to see if a phone is tapped – I have one where I tested these codes and reported my results. Go have a look before you get too excited about it!
Next I’m going to cover what you can do to fix a hacked Viber account.
What To Do If Your Viber Account Is Hacked
If your Viber has been hacked, it’s important that you act quickly. It may be the hacker has managed to sign in to your account and change certain settings. These can vary but in some cases a hacker could delete all your messages or spam your contacts with automated messages.
What could also happen is the hacker could change the password to your account and you would never know. If they did this, even if you regained access to your Viber account, they could continue monitoring your account and changing your settings. This can be done without your knowledge!
Here are some things you can do if your account has been compromised:
1) Change Your Password
If you think your Viber account has been hacked, the first thing you should do is change your password.
2) Disable Stored Contacts
Sometimes a hacker can gain access to your Viber account simply by having access to one of your stored contacts. To make sure this doesn’t happen it’s important that you disable stored contacts.
3) Check Your Viber Settings
It’s a good idea to check all your Viber settings, and monitor them going forward to make sure nothing has been changed without your knowledge.
Look out for any suspicious activity such as calls or messages you didn’t make, or new contacts that you don’t know. You can do this by going to the Viber app settings on your device and scrolling down to see a list of all your active chats.
4) Enable 2-Step Verification
2-step verification or Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is an extra layer of security that can be used to protect your account from hackers. This adds an extra step to the login process, which requires you to enter a unique security code in addition to your password when you log in. This will help prevent hackers gaining access to your account without having access to your mobile phone.
5) Change Passwords for Other Accounts That Utilize Viber
A lot of websites will allow you to log in using the Viber app, so it’s important that you change your password for every account that has Viber linked. This includes your Facebook, Gmail, Skype and Telegram accounts.
What to Do if Your Phone Has Been Hacked
I also have a premium Ebook Guide covering everything from detecting spy apps to removing them completely and ways to protect yourself going forward. Check it out if you have serious problems.
There are reliable ways to save your phone and your hacked accounts!
I have a series of articles covering ways to tell if you are hacked on various platforms:
- How to tell if your Skype has been hacked
- How to know if your Twitter is hacked
- How to tell if Gmail is hacked
- Ways to know your Tinder account is hacked
- Find out if your Telegram acount is hacked
Have a look through these and learn how to protect your online communications.
Stay Safe Online
If your phone has been hacked, all of your accounts are likely to be compromised including Viber. I have outlined how Viber can be hacked in different ways so it is important to look at your overall online security.
Simple security measures such as keeping your phone locked and using secure passwords can go a long way to protecting you. You need to be aware of the different threats such as spy apps and hacking methods like Phishing scams.
It’s important to act quickly whenever your phone is hacked. If you have reason to think that your Viber account has been compromised, follow the steps I have outlined above to get it back under control.
Thanks for reading and stay safe!