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WhatsApp Security: How to Check if You've Been Hacked & What to Do if You Are

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

WhatsApp gained its popularity by being the first to offer free messaging through a mobile application. This innovative feature attracted many users who appreciated the simple registration process, which only required their mobile number and no additional information. Over time, WhatsApp introduced features highly valued by its users and influenced other messaging platforms to improve their interfaces.

Due to the widespread use of WhatsApp, the messaging platform has become a prime target for hackers who attempt to gain unauthorized access to users' accounts. We recognize the distress caused by such a breach and would like to guide you on determining if your WhatsApp account has been hacked and the appropriate steps to take in response.

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Part 1: How to know if you've been hacked?

Being hacked is a scary thing and a great violation of your privacy. However, if you want to determine whether you have been hacked, there will be tell-tale signs that will give you a suspicion that your account is hacked.

One sign that could be an indicator that you have been hacked is that you notice that your app is performing unusually. It is unusual that you have been receiving many alerts about password changes or any authentication requests when you know that you did not change anything on your app.

Another sign is that you notice new contacts added to your list without your knowledge. Whatsapp will add contacts once you sign in to a new device, so if you have contacts that are unknown to you, there is a possibility that you have been hacked.

You can also check the messages that you have sent. If you see any message that you are sure you did not send, then there is a possibility your WhatsApp account has been hacked.

Part 2: What should I do if my WhatsApp account has been hacked?

After checking your contacts and messages and getting a lot of notifications from WhatsApp, you are sure your WhatsApp account has been hacked. We will share the next steps you should take if you have been hacked.

  • Option 1: Reset Your Password

Make sure to immediately change your Whatsapp password as soon as you figure out that you have been hacked. This will at least give you the security that they cannot access your account.

  • Option 2: Do Not Log Out and Log Back In

Hackers try to access your account by sending you verification codes so you can get locked out of your account. So when you receive the notification about the verification codes, it will be best just to ignore them and not log out at all.

  • Option 3: Inform your contacts

Once you have determined that you have been hacked, inform your contacts about it, as hackers will try to reach out to your contacts and ask for the verification code for their accounts, which will also lead to them being hacked. Tell them not to entertain any messages from you asking about any code.

Part 3: Tips to prevent your WhatsApp from getting hacked

Once you have determined whether you have been hacked or not, you should do what is necessary to prevent any hacking incident from happening to you in the future. There are ways how you can prevent your Whatsapp account from being hacked. We will share them with you so you can be more careful when using your mobile.

  • Tip# 1: Do not open any unsuspicious links or messages from contacts that you do not know of.
  • Tip# 2: Avoid using public networks if possible, as they are deemed unsafe.
  • Tip# 3: Change your password more frequently if you can.
  • Tip# 4: Enable the Two-Factor Authentication on your Whatsapp account for additional security.
  • Tip# 5: Do not leave your phone unattended, especially if you are out or in a public space.

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You can read more information on how you can transfer your Whatsapp data from one device to another by reading our articles on this topic:
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  2. Android to iOS: How to Transfer WhatsApp from Android to New iPhone 15?

Conclusion

Being hacked is a scary situation that could happen to anyone. If you suspect you have been hacked, try all the tips and suggestions we shared to determine whether you have been hacked. You must also ensure that you have taken the necessary safety precautions on your side, such as changing your passwords or enabling the “Two-Factor Authentication” in Whatsapp as an additional layer of security for your account.

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Axel Nash

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