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How to protect your WhatsApp from Hackers

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A cool buddy of mine had experienced a WhatsApp hack recently. It was devastating seeing that it was his business account. He lost a lot, but his contacts lost the more just becuase he couldn’t protect his Whatsapp.

It can be a very terrible experience to lose your account to hackers. So, who is at risk of being hacked, and how can you protect yourself?

Your friends and contacts will feel the impact of the security breach more. They will experience the first-hand effect of it since the hackers will find means of extorting from them. This, in general, will endanger your reputation and cause you to lose trust. So, since your WhatsApp app is still under your control, find out how to keep it safe from assaulters.

Hacking of your WhatsApp account is avoidable. You just need to know a few buttons to click and guidelines to follow, and you will be just fine.

However, before I get to feed you with what you need to stay safe, let us recognize the tactics of our enemy.

The hacker’s tricks

It all begins when you start seeing adverts of data offers at too low rates. Since people love free thing, they will fall into it and reply to the messages. Since the hackers use the phone numbers of previous victims who may likely be your friend, you may easily fall.

If you fall for the trick, they will send you a code and ask you to resend it to them. Though this sounds stupid, it gives them access to your account. Immediately they get the code form you; it will take them just a few seconds to take over the control of your WhatsApp. This trick is simpler for the hackers than grabbing a glass of water and gulping it down their throat.

You may want to know that the people that are more affected by the WhatsApp hack are those in the contact list of the victim. For hackers, WhatsApp is a means to the end, not the end itself. That is why they use their targets to get more targets.

If you can relate, you will realize that immediately an account is hijacked, the hijacker uses the account to continue his plight. So, for the sake of the love and trust you have, it is important to protect your Whatsapp and keep it safe.

This detailed guide will help you protect your WhatsApp for optimum security.

Use the Two Steps Verification to protect your account

WhatsApp two-step verification is a feature provided by WhatsApp to keep your account safe. Though it is an optional feature, it offers you quality security for your account. Before you receive this protection, you will have to enable this two-step verification. Enabling this verification will make your verification code (which is a six-digit code) to be required whenever you want to verify your phone number. Since WhatsApp demands you verify your phone number when you want to log in with a new device, the hackers will be lost.

WhatsApp is not the only platform that uses the two-step verification. It is also used on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and other social media networks.

To use the two-step verification on your phone, go to the account settings. Click on the “Two-step verification” and enable. This step by step guide will help you process your two-step verification.

The simple procedure to protect your Whatsapp

Follow the steps given below to enable two-step verification

  • On your device, open the WhatsApp app.
  • On the top right corner of your home page, click the menu tab. Three dots represent this tab.
  • Click on “Settings”
  • After the new page opens, select “Account.”
  • Select the “Two-step verification” tab.
  • Select enable on the two-step verification page.
  • A new screen will come up. There, choose a convenient six-digit passcode.
  • Re-enter the passcode to confirm it.
  • On the screen, enter your email address. However, this is optional.
  • Click on “Done”

With these, you are done with the super-simple process. If you added your email address, it would help you receive a link from WhatsApp that will help you cancel the two-step verification in case you forget your passcode.

Since we acquire many passwords daily, WhatsApp has offered help to enable you to remember your password. In every few weeks, it will ask you to enter the code so that you do not forget. There is no way for you to cancel this frequent request without cancelling the two-step verification.

If without trying to disable your two-step verification, you get a link on your email for you to disable, do not click. It means that someone is trying to tamper with your account.

If you did not include your email and forgot your passcode, WhatsApp will allow you reverify your phone number after seven days. However, you will lose your messages afterwards.

The last key to protect your Whatsapp

According to WhatsApp, you are not expected to share your 6 digit verification code with anybody no matter the amount of trust you have conferred on him or her. This code can only protect you when just you know it. Do you have anyone you wish to protect? Share this message with them. You are safer when they are protected.

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Post Pandemic: The Importance of Cloudsecurity

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With the aggressive impact of cloud computing and cloudsecurity, the way organizations and businesses carry out their work and services had really transformed when we looked back 10 years ago.

Cloud computing involves storing your data off-site. In cloud computing, you outsource and trust a vendor to keep your data and transactions safe, while cloudsecurity is building virtual walls around it; this protects your data, keeping it all close.

How Cloud Security Can Help Your Business

Coronavirus has left a significant impact on the world. This pandemic has hit every aspect of human life and endeavor; thereby affecting industries, schools, health sector, travel, finance, and leisure also is not left out. However, cloudsecurity brings hope to business owners.

The Benefits of Cloud Security

As more businesses are moving their data and computing to the cloud, the demand for cloud computing increased sharply during this pandemic, and this has helped in providing almost all the infrastructure, tools, and strategies for digital transformation.

Below are some of the benefits of cloud security for business.

  • It allows you to take your business model to a secured virtual environment where you will pay for only the resources you use. This service-based payment will help you save costs.
  • Your cloud vendor is ultimately responsible for the security of your data and transactions. They will answer you if your data is compromised or pay the fine.

But this doesn’t mean that you should let your guard down. If you fall victim to a ransomware attack, you will pay the hacker. Two common causes of a data breach are misconfigured access restriction (on storage resources) and improperly secured or forgotten systems.

These two causes mentioned above are your responsibility and not that of your vendor. You can stay above the threats by making sure you make cloud security your highest priority.

Make sure your staff and team are well-trained and current on the latest predictions and threats.

  • Cloud vendors increase security and make it easier for businesses to operate regardless of the current global pandemic.
  • Cloud computing is scalable. Your network or storage can be increased or reduced infinitely and almost immediately in response to changes in demand.
  • It has a flexible system. Developers continuously improve their applications, which can be passed on to customers several times daily.
  • Cloud computing is always available, anywhere, anytime.
  • With cloud computing, you can focus wholly on your business and improving its excellence while the cloud vendors take charge of non-business elements like infrastructure, platforms, and software.
  • It leads to a boost in E-commerce. During the lockdown, there was an explosion in online shopping as a lot of people got food and other essential supplies from online retailers.

Online shoppers who use cloud were able to scale fast without any problem during the increase in demand.

Many experts in this field have predicted that cloud computing is the future. It is the next evolution in IT. Don’t be left behind. Improve your business by using cloud computing and ensure its cloudsecurity.

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WhatsApp Security: Preventing the next hack on your privacy.

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With every advancement in technology comes an even greater adversary in the form of cybersecurity. Even though Facebook continuously implements an extra layer of encryption with each new update of its instant messaging arm – WhatsApp, hackers are constantly on the lookout for ways to subvert these encryption protocols and break into your privacy. 

Notably, with the ease of setting up a WhatsApp account on your mobile, one would assume that all of the necessary security check needed to secure your data and privacy has been met. However, that is not mostly the case, as these pre-set security protocols are never enough. Luckily for us, there are many ways to add an extra layer of security to our account.

Regardless, if one of the most powerful men on the planet could be hacked on the said social platform, and given that the platform houses traffic from over 2 billion users worldwide is enough to raise concerns. Needless to say, if you are a business that is chat-based and thrives mainly on the instant messaging app or an individual who just loves to keep their privacy in check, then this article is specifically for you. Here are five tips that are imperative practice for every WhatsApp user.

  1. End-To-End Encryption:

The first step would be to ensure that all your chats are end-to-end encrypted – this is most visible upon chatting a new contact. This feature encrypts your chat and guarantees that you alone and your contact can read the contents of the chat. Hence, eliminating the chances of a third-party to be able to read them even if intercepted. To do this for already existing contacts, you would need to;

  • Navigate to the chat.
  • Click on the contact’s name to view the contact info, thereof hit Encryption to view the QR code along with a 60-digit number.

Also, you would want to enable such privacy options that allow users to choose whether or not they want their information – status, profile picture, and other details, to be shared publicly. It is best to have this option set to “Contacts Only”.

  • Deactivate WhatsApp On Lost or Stole Phones:

While most people are might be concerned about their contents and other media files in the occurrence of a lost or stolen phone, and pay less attention to the sensitivity of the world’s most distributed instant messaging app. Since WhatsApp has become a part of our daily lives and because the content, we share incorporates all and every information on our devices. During the event of losing a phone, the first thing to do would be to deactivate this all-encompassing hub of our information – WhatsApp. To deactivate your WhatsApp;

  • Go to Settings.
  • Delete my account.
  • Enter your phone number.
  • Click on Delete my account.

Note that this step should always be reverted by login into your account on another device – as usual, and download your data from the backup. So be sure to activate a cloud backup for your WhatsApp data.

  • Always Logout of WhatsApp Web:

WhatsApp web is a convenient way for users to gain access to their WhatsApp chatting interface employing a web browser on PC. Even though this is a handy tool for your work environment, it also leaves room for hackers to gain access to your sensitive information if not duly logged out. So, if you are to make use on the WhatsApp web on a publicly accessible PC such as one at the office, then endeavor to log out after every session.

  • Enable Lock screen

The WhatsApp lock screen option on Android and iOS, allows users to protect their account from strangers. For this step you would need to register your fingerprint – for devices with such feature, or a password for devices without fingerprint access. You can activate this by going to your Settings menu > Privacy > Screen Lock. Once done, you would need to scan your fingerprint each time to gain access to your account or manually input your password as the case may be.

  • Two-Factor Authentication:

Lastly and probably the most important step would be to set up two-factor authentication for your account. This step serves as an extra layer of protection in situations where a third-party gets a hold of your six digits verification code. Setting up a PIN on your WhatsApp account adds an extra layer of security to your account. By this, WhatsApp would require a PIN each time you want to register your Phone number afresh. Although, a six digits number, nonetheless this PIN differs entirely from the usual six digits verification code sent via SMS from WhatsApp. Luckily for us, this step is fairly easy to enable.

  • Click on the three dots at the top right of your screen.
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  • Tap Settings > Account > Two-step verification.
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  • Select “Enable” and then provide a six-digit PIN on the resulting window.
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