Although WhatsApp is a secure way to message others, your WhatsApp account can be hacked without your knowledge. Mostly, hackers use social hacking methods to get hold of your WhatsApp accounts, which is by tricking you into giving them access. But there are certain measures you can take to avoid this.
Enable Two-Step Verification
You must have been hearing this term a lot these days. Two-Step Verification, aka Two-Factor Authentication or 2FA, is the primary key to protect any account online. If you already haven’t, make sure to protect your Google account and Apple ID with Two-Step verification. Now, let’s find out how to enable Two-Step verification on the WhatsApp account.
- Open WhatsApp and go to Settings.
- Select Account option.
- Tap on “Two-Sep Verification” option and select “Enable” from the next screen.
- Provide a passcode for the WhatsApp 2SV and make sure to remember it.
Set Up Screen Lock for WhatsApp
If you have the habit of leaving your phone unlocked on the work desk or somewhere, chances are others can easily check your WhatsApp without your knowledge. A screen lock for WhatsApp will prevent this by asking for the screen lock password or PIN.
Check for Unauthorized WhatsApp Web Login
If somebody ever accesses your phone without your knowledge, they can easily hack your WhatsApp by connecting to WhatsApp Web on their PC. Anyone can simply scan a QR code using your WhatsApp and get all the chats on their PC. Thus it is important to ensure nobody has access to your WhatsApp via Web login.
On your iPhone, open WhatsApp and go to Settings. Select “Linked Devices” or “WhatsApp Web” from the menu on WhatsApp.