WhatsApp is the most used messaging app across the country, but the risk of data security is also increasing with respect to this app. Many such reports have been reported in which the virus has been spread through WhatsApp on Android devices. According to reports, many users lost access to their account as soon as they clicked on the message in the WhatsApp inbox.
Actually, through these messages, malicious pictures and links are being sent to the users, on which clicking the sensitive data of the user is stolen. It is obvious that the hackers are often seated so that they get the necessary data of the users. Malware gets installed in users’ devices through these messages. After this, the malware attacks the user’s contact list and often removes their access to the account. In many messages, users were asked to click on the link to win the smartphone. Users who clicked on the link after getting caught in this hoax, their devices got hacked.
How does malware harm?
Malware is a type of virus that depends on another app. Malware gets a place in users’ smartphones through many fake messages. This malware first scans the user’s SMS and contact list and then subscribes to paid and premium service without the user’s permission. In such a situation, if your bank details are linked to your phone, then your account can be empty in a few minutes. The disturbing thing is that it is very difficult to identify malware. Small coding is used to create this malware, due to which they match in the code of the app and are not able to be detected.
Follow these methods for survival
WhatsApp is often used to cheat people. Hackers set such a trap that the users do not understand whether the message they are getting on the app has been sent from the authorized source or not. Most of these messages seem right and users trust them. In these messages, a festival gift, a free hotel stay or some prize money is promised. A link is attached to these messages that redirect users to fake sites. By clicking on them, the bank card details, phone number and other sensitive information of the user are stolen.
- To avoid all these unwanted messages, it is important that you do not respond to such contacts and do not react to them.
- Whenever you get a message that claims to give something for free, do not reply to it or do not click on the link.
- Interact with users only when you cross-check and feel that it has been sent from a trusted source.