New form of fraud in WhatsApp: How to protect my account?

With the technological advancement in social networks and the ease that today we have to be in constant communication with friends and family, the possibility of falling into deceptions has also increased, mainly in WhatsApp, where many take the opportunity to steal accounts and acquire information. But don’t worry, there are many ways to avoid it and here we share them with you. 👇

Do not provide confirmation data unless you request it.

The new form of deception that has been presented in recent days is through WhatsApp through Text Messages (SMS). That’s right, if you have received a message saying that they have sent you an SMS with a six-digit code and they ask you to share it, it is very likely that someone wants to take over your account.

Also, remember that this is not the only form of fraud, there are many ways in which they can usurp your identity, access your information, ask for money or use your account for criminal actions. Here’s how you can avoid being affected by these bad practices.

Read: How to avoid being added to a WhatsApp group without your permission?

Protect your WhatsApp account

1. Activate 2-Step Verification on all devices that are linked to your account.

3. Take care and protect the six-digit verification key of your WhatsApp account as if it were your bank PIN and prevent more people from knowing it.

4. Do not give anyone your six-digit account, even if they ask for it. It does not matter if it is a friend or family member, remember that they may be posing as someone else.

5. Report and block users who ask for your six-digit password, so that WhatsApp receives the alert and takes the necessary measures with the false account.

How to activate two-step verification in WhatsApp?

  1. Tap the WhatsApp menu button and choose ‘Settings’.
  2. Select the option that says ‘Bill’ and then ‘Two-step verification’.

Settings and Account menu to activate the verification in two steps of WhatsApp.- Blog Hola Telcel

How to activate two-step verification from WhatsApp - Hola Telcel blog

3. A two-step verification setup wizard will open. All you have to do is tap on ‘Activate’ to start the process.

Activate the verification in two steps of WhatsApp to protect the account - Blog Hola Telcel

4. Now comes the most important part: enter the six-digit PIN code, which will be requested the next time you want to use your phone number in WhatsApp.

Add the six-digit code in the WhatsApp two-step verification - Hola Telcel blog

5. Confirm your PIN by typing it twice.
6. If you want, you can add an email address, which you will also have to write twice to confirm it.

Clever! Your WhatsApp account now has additional protection with which no one can use your phone number without knowing the PIN code you set.

Take care of yours!

If you have already been a victim of profile theft, notify your friends and family immediately. Then send an email to indicating “Stolen / lost phone” as ‘Subject’ and “Please deactivate my account in full international format” as the body of the email. In this way, WhatsApp will deactivate your account and no one else will be able to use it.

You can also visit the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section of WhatsApp and consult what else can you do if you receive a verification code that you did not request. Here you will also get more security tips if your phone is lost, you cannot access your account and what the app can do about it.

Follow each advice in detail and protect your information. In this way you can continue to enjoy unlimited WhatsApp that is included in your Telcel’s Unlimited Friend the best network with the highest Coverage and Speed.

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Take care of yourself and protect your WhatsApp account. The password is in your six digits!

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