“Everything popular on the Internet is also susceptible to being hacked” .
This maxim is undoubtedly true, because hackers see popular apps, programs and websites as the best possible channel for transmitting viruses, online scams, and malware content. Especially on WhatsApp, which is used by more than a billion people a month, why? Precisely due to the large number of users that WhatsApp and others appreciate, which allows a a virus to spread easily and quickly. The messaging app has been successful with recent features like knowing when a received message has been forwarded by another chat, but in the end you need to be vigilant to know how to distinguish fake messages from real ones.
Distinguish a fake WhatsApp message from a real one
Have you ever received a message from someone who is not your contact and is it not even official from WhatsApp informing you of an update or content? If we don’t have that person on the agenda, we could. But if reading it skipped your intuition and thought that something strange is going on with that message, then it’s probably a fake message. THE messages of spam sent by unauthorized third parties can reach you in several ways: spam, scams or messages from impostors that yes peddle for WhatsApp team members.
All these messages try to deceive you and lure you to undertake actions that could endanger the security of your device and / or your data . And someone might try to deceive you if you receive a message via WhatsApp or email that has any of these characteristics:
– The sender says that represents Whatsapp.
– The message asks you to send it from new one.
– The message says you can avoid a penalty such as blocking your account, if you resubmit it.
– The message promises you a gift from WhatsApp or someone else.
Take advantage of today
One of the hallmarks of a scam attempt is take advantage of something that is announced, as a new WhatsApp feature, update or service. For example, in November, immediately after the announcement of the official premiere of WhatsApp video calls, the app has circulated a scam among users by taking advantage of their willingness to use the new feature. In the form of a message we saw in our WhatsApp an announcement that video calls could now be activated, and below a banner in so that we clicked and clicked on it.
If we did, later a false evaluation of our version of WhatsApp, they invited us to visit a web page to verify our identity where they had been private data required and share the feature with many of our contacts. And that’s it, when we put them in we got lost. We had another one right in the middle of Christmas, when social networks are most used, in the form of a scam that promised to surf the internet for free without being connected to a WiFi . The message arrived with a link to a website to activate the service and share it with other contacts. Sound familiar? Exactly, basically the same modus operandi.
What if we get bitten and robbed? Well, not only that the phishing attack is successful and the hackers take our data in such a way fraudulent, but also that the malware can be installed on our smartphone and we harm everyone we sent the message to to get free internet on their mobile phone without using Wi-Fi. Or even worse: a ransomware that hijacks your mobile and forces you to pay to unlock it.
Block and delete
As experts recommend, it’s better be wary of all these promotions that involve sharing things with other users, as it is a clear invitation to continue spreading the scam. You also have to look at the texts, the possible emails. And above all, do a lot beware of short links and without revealing the addresses to which they tell us to click, because sometimes it may not be necessary to open a link on the web to which we have been referred, but simply by opening that web we could already be in danger. And the same we said for WhatsApp can be applied to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like, as all scam attempts and infections follow and must follow similar patterns.