WhatsApp (WA) has now become the application of choice for almost everyone in the world to send, receive messages to video calls. The WhatApp official twitter account states, until the beginning of April 2021 the number of users has reached more than two billion, of which there are more than one hundred trillion messages.
Although WhatsApp calls this application fully end-to-end encrypted, this is not what makes WA unhackable. Quoted by the India Today page, WhatsApp has all types of messages including someone’s private messages that might not be comfortable if shared with other people.
Even though WhatsApp can only be hacked to a certain extent, tapping or hacking can still be bad for someone. After WA is tapped, hackers will be able to monitor you, such as when you are online, sleeping hours, or other online activities carried out via WhatsApp.
How to know if WA was bugged Then how do you know if WhatsApp was bugged or not? The first evidence will usually appear on the cellphone itself in the form of a notification. But if you missed it, then you can check your account usage by doing the following as reported by the DigitBin website:
- Open the WhatsApp application.
- Click on the Options Menu indicated by 3 vertical dots in the top right corner.
- Click on WhatsApp Web and the user can check any device or Application that has access to WhatsApp.
- If one or more computers appear on the screen even though they have not been granted access, then your WhatsApp account has been compromised by another device. Your account was “intervened” and hackers are tapping into you.
So What to do if WhatsApp is Open on Another Device? To prevent WhatsApp from being hacked, you can log out of all device sessions that are online or on, and the hacker will immediately lose access to your account. To avoid these things happening again, the most effective solution is to configure WhatsApp with App Lock.
This way, even if someone is successfully using your phone, they will not be able to access the WhatsApp application and connect it to another PC or application via WhatsApp Web. Another way that people use to tap WhatsApp is by activating an account on another device.
Basically, they register your WhatsApp number on another phone and during configuration, the hacker will restore all chats or conversations that have been saved in the app. Anyone can do this by taking out your phone to receive the verification code WhatsApp sends.
If you do this, your phone will say “This phone cannot be verified” because the number is registered on another device. You can then re-verify your number to regain account access. Apart from that, there is also a much more sophisticated method to protect WhatsApp from being active on other phones. All you need to do is enable two-step verification:
First open WhatsApp → then select the menu at the top right → click Settings → select the Account menu → then activate 2 Step-verification.
If you have done the steps above, then when someone tries to activate your WhatsApp on another device, they will be asked for a security code that is known only to the user. Without that code, it is impossible for someone else to register your WhatsApp on another computer.
WhatsApp is a very secure application, but users also need to be aware of messages that are very private in nature. Using two-factor authentication is a great way to lock out your account if someone has and has accessed it.