WhatsApp instant messenger is by far the most popular instant messenger of all time as of the publication of this post. With that having been said it, questions arise when it comes to the safety of data of WhatsApp users. Are you safe from malware?. Read on to get the answers.
What Is A Malware?
Malware is short for “malicious software and are computer programs designed to infiltrate and damage computers without the user’s consent. Viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, rootkits, etc. are examples of Malware.
What Is A Computer Virus?
According to Wikipedia a computer virus is a type of computer program that, when executed, replicates itself by modifying other computer programs and inserting its own code. When this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected” with a computer virus.
In this post we are focusing on viruses only, how they can be sent to you and how you can protect your devices.
Ways Hackers Use WhatsApp to Send a Virus
Being a hacker is cool, I mean getting into someone device without their permission is cool right?. No you psycho it’s not cool at all. That’s an inversion of privacy and get a person behind bars. However, there are other psycho-hackers who don’t care. Below is a list of media and ways they use to attack your device via WhatsApp messenger.
- Voice messages
- Links to an updated version of WhatsApp
- Fake Vouchers
Multimedia messages sent through WhatsApp may seem to be harmless, but the virus will be embedded as normal code. The moment you click on the message or link with the virus, it’ll automatically download within the phone.
How Do You Stay Safe From Hackers & Malware On WhatsApp?
People!, you have to understand that WhatsApp will never send you a voice note like really? do you think they’d have the time?. Stay safe from hackers and their tools of doom by avoiding conservations that include exchanging of multimedia with random individuals or groups.
What To Do In The Case That Your Phone Has Been Attacked.
If you believed you received a malware file with maybe a virus and your device starts acting up. If you still need the data in your loved device you can download a paid anti-virus from the official store of your software, be it Play Store or Apple Store or Zhao Store and run a security check. Hehe, there’s nothing like Zhao Store. Knowing my Chinese brethren I bet it exists.
A paid ant-virus may detect the malware and gets rid of the malicious file thereby cleaning your device. If you don’t want to touch your pockets you can easily reset the device and lose all the data on it. It will come back as a brand new device.
Signs That Your Device Has Been Infected By A Virus.
- Your device is suddenly very slow.
- You suddenly start getting unnecessary pop-ups.
- Device getting hotter than usual.
- You notice a number of strange apps that you never installed.
- Loss of data such as documents, images, videos, music etc.
You may feel like arguing that multimedia messages cannot bring malware into your device. Think about this, if someone can access a locked PC with so many firewalls and turn on a video camera and stalk you. What is there to stop them from finding a way to infect your simple smartphone.
Stay on the safe side and always take precautions, avoid conversations with people you don’t know and avoid downloading random media from random WhatsApp groups.