If you are a regular user of social media platform WhatsApp, then there are reasons for you to be careful.
We are living in a time when hacking has almost become normal. While we hear a lot about hacking, most of us live in a bubble thinking it could not happen to us.
However, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) has posted a video on their social media accounts warning WhatsApp users in Qatar to be careful of not falling victims to hackers, according to The Peninsula.
انتبه! حتى لا تكون ضحية ويتم اختراق حسابك على الواتساب ، حيث قد تأتيك “فجأة” رسالة من شخص ما (مجهولة المصدر) يطلب منك أن تكلمه أو ترسل له رسالة أو تفتح رابطا لتشاهد محتواه، كن حذراً .. ولا تعرض حسابك للإختراق.#الداخلية_قطر pic.twitter.com/LMzE9DccXU
— وزارة الداخلية – قطر (@MOI_Qatar) 7 March 2018
In the Arabic language video, the Ministry says that some users have complained of receiving a message from strange numbers with a link mentioning ‘call me’ or another one saying ‘please click the link to see the content.’
When one clicks the link, hackers will get through to the phone and gain access to the phone’s contacts. Using this, the hacker will then be able to send messages through to the user’s WhatsApp groups or any other contacts using the account,” the video elaborated.
The MoI suggested using the two-step verification process to make one’s WhatsApp account much safer. They also explained a step-by-step verification process to ensure double protection.
1) Open your WhatsApp and go to ‘settings’
2) Go to ‘account’
3) Tap on two-step verification
4) Click ‘enable’ the two-step verification
5) Enter a 6-digit PIN, Which you’ll be asked for when you register your phone number with WhatsApp
6) Add an email address to your account which will be used to reset your PIN if you forget it and safeguard your account