Whatsapp is a free messenger app for smart-phones similar to Telegram, Signal, Wire secure messenger etc. This app uses internet to send messages, hence the cost of using Whatsapp is significantly lesser than texting. It can also be used to send images, audio, video and even for internet calls.
We can also use Whatsapp on the desktop, simply by navigating to the website https://web.whatsapp.com and following the simple customization procedures. The app is extremely popular among teenagers because of features like location sharing, voice messages and group chatting.
Whatsapp currently owned by Facebook, has now over 1 billion users worldwide. It is the biggest online messenger app in the market. With the growing popularity of Whatsapp, attempts were made to hack Whatsapp. So, serious questions arises - Can Whatsapp can be hacked ? Is it fully safe to use Whatsapp ? Does end to end encryption not make Whatsapp immune to hacking attempts ? Has Whatsapp been hacked ever before ?
In the next Section, you shall get all your questions answered.
Can Whatsapp be Hacked:
Yes, Whatsapp account can be hacked. And then the intruder can get access to the Whatsapp conversations. It does not necessarily mean that Whatsapp has any vulnerability in the app or website, but a careless user may get his/ her Whatsapp account being compromised. In fact, Whatsapp has strengthened its security to the extent that for a hacker to be able to penetrate into a Whatsapp account, will have to spend considerable amount of resources and time.
Hacking a Whatsapp account without physical access is possible only with the help of the account holder (mostly unknowingly). However, a Whatsapp account can be hacked much easily when the hacker has access to the device, he aims to hack.
When the person has access to device, using the Whatsapp web feature, a person can get unauthorized access to Whatsapp. The process involves the following steps:
And thus gains access to your Whats app on the laptop.
# You can cross check whether someone has your Whats app running on his computer by navigating to the - Whats app >Whats app Web. It will show “Logged in devices, Last active today at xx:yy time and will also show the OS” if someone has been running your Whats app.
Then, it shall also show an option – “Log out from all devices”. In case you are being spied upon, tap on it to remain safe and secure.
Methods to Hack and Protect Whats app:
Method 1: Hacking account by Confirming OTP SMS
We can use Whats app only after the app confirms the Whats app number through an OTP. In other words, for a person to hack your Whats app, the attackers only needs your OTP. Now, there are several tricks and methods used by hackers to do so, enumerated below:
Sub Method 1:
Gaining unauthorized or friendly access to your phone to read OTP as the process hardly requires more than half a minute of time.
Sub Method 2:
These include spy apps like m-spy, Free Tracker Mobile etc or other parental control apps. Installation of these apps hardly requires more than 2 minutes of time. So, be careful when you hand over your phone to a repair shop or someone else for a considerable period of time.
You should regularly check Apps and Apps permission section of your phone, to weed out such unwanted apps. We also recommend the use of Android app “Net Capture” to monitor the suspicious outgoing packet.
Sub Method 3:
This method involves use of apps like Team Viewer or Any Desk etc. These apps allow device access to the person on the other end of the connection. These apps are often installed by fraudster using some pretext, thereby gaining access to the device and a consequence to your OTP.
How to Protect Yourself: