WhatsApp Protect yourself
WhatsApp Protect yourself from being hacked by activating the 2 Step Verification in WhatsApp which adds an extra layer of protection, so if someone tries to enter your phone number whilst attempting to hijack your WhatsApp, they will be asked for a PIN.
Head on over to the 3 dots in the top right, click settings and head to Account. In here you will see Two-step verification, setup a 6 digit PIN and an email address to keep you protected. WhatsApp will occasionally ask for this PIN when you use the app to double check it is you.
This is useful if your phone is hacked or if someone knows the password to your handset but not your WhatsApp PIN.
Then PIN will also be required to add contacts.
The WhatsApp Verification Scam
Cyber criminals try to gain access to WhatsApp verification codes because they give them the power to take control of accounts in seconds.
The old scam involves a message that’s seemingly from your friend and it continues to rear its ugly head.
There’s even been police warnings about it in the past.
The cyber-crime involves a hacker taking control of one of your contact’s WhatsApp accounts and messaging you pretending to be them.
The hacker will message pretending to be your friend around the same time you get a text or email from WhatsApp with a verification code that the hacker has requested by pretending to be you.
This code is only given when you try and make changes to your account.
The hacker – posing as your friend – will pretend they’ve accidentally asked for the verification code to be sent to your number and will ask you to send it over.