WhatsApp Virus Alert! Don’t Open Suspicious Emails From A Fake Telecom Service Provider

Published on August 6, 2022
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The virus takes your pictures without your consent and has access to your conversations.

WhatsApp is instant communication and convenient-to-use application. There aren’t many smartphones in this world that don’t have this application. It helps us to communicate with our friends and family across the globe. Furthermore, WhatsApp has upgraded to assist millions of people in business.

It has some security features. The end-to-encryption that keeps your messages private. Despite having such security measures. WhatsApp is still not safe from the hack.

It is always dangerous when it comes to the virus on the internet. But for the frequently used app? Not until now

However, this is a dangerous virus, as it violates the privacy of your messages.

Android

WhatsApp on Android smartphones needs a single text from attackers to infect the victim’s device. So, Android users should pay more attention and need to be careful from now.

A virus within the operating system provides access to read your conversations. It also takes your pictures and videos without you even knowing. The virus can connect with the Wi-Fi networks to easily steal your sensitive data. Contrary to this, iOS devices are more secure and less prone to viruses than android.

How do you get this virus?

First, the victim receives a message from fake telecom service providers. It has a link to an image or web page. The web page has a download link to an application. But there is no danger until the user installs and downloads the link. The virus takes over your device and starts sending the same message to the contacts on your smartphone.

When installed, the application requests advanced system permissions. The researcher also claims that any WhatsApp notification would trigger a tailored response from the malware. The malware’s ultimate objective is to end the subscription of afflicted users to premium services.

Privacy violation

This harmful virus breaks the end-to-end encryption and undermines the privacy of millions of people. Additionally, this virus has duped smartphone users in Italy. So, keep an eye out for any odd emails from a telecom service provider. Never click on a link without first understanding where it takes you!

Now, the question is, how can we determine that the virus has infected the device?

However, it is not convenient to discover whether your device is infected. But if your smartphone exhibits unusual behaviors. You probably have downloaded a virus. Some signs to check are:

  • Increased mobile data consumption
  • Unusual pop-ups
  • Excessive battery drain
  • Poor performance
  • Overheating of the device
  • Unauthorized charges

Steps to remove the virus

If you suspect a virus has infected your device. The below-mentioned steps will remove malware and protect your device from further damage. Here are some simple resolving steps:

  1. Use a credible antivirus soft to check your phone for malware. Avast, AVG, McAfee, and Norton are reliable companies that provide paid and free protection services.
  2. Delete the cache and storage from your Android devices.
  3. Remove the browsing history and website data (on iOS devices).
  4. Activate the safe mode.
  5. Now restarting your phone will put it into a state that prevents third-party apps from operating.
  6. If you have any strange apps, remove them from your list of recently downloaded apps.
  7. If you use Android, turn off safe mode after you’ve done this.

As a final option, you can conduct a factory reset on your phone after backing up all of the data. Any malware on the phone will be removed by resetting it to its factory settings.

Protect your phone from further infection

After fixing your phone, it’s crucial to protect it from future infections and other security threats. The suggested mobile security applications will assist with this. And you can also:

  • Avoid clicking links in suspicious WhatsApp texts, emails, or pop-ups.
  • Only download software from authorized app stores like Google Play or the Apple App Store.
  • Do not change or jailbreak your phone.
  • Before installing an app, check its permissions to see what data it will access.
  • Frequently backup your data.
  • Update your phone’s software to the latest version.

Protection on WhatsApp

According to the experts, the idea that malware can infect a device simply by downloading an image is untrue. A virus only gets onto a device after the installation of the application, not before.

We can therefore conclude two things from this instance. First, you should never click on suspicious links that WhatsApp sends, even if the application does not mark them. Second, even though WhatsApp is still one of the main targets of hackers looking for victims. So, becoming infected with a virus is not as simple as it may seem if you are prudent.

WhatsApp Security Tips

WhatsApp is the safest way of communication. But you can take steps to make your WhatsApp experience more privacy-oriented. Here are some tips to secure your sensitive data and messages, and files:

  • Two-step verification:

            For enabling the two-step verification: go to WhatsApp setting > Account > Two-step

verification.

Then turn the enable button on. They will ask you for the pin code they send you on your smartphone. Once you enter the code, no other person can access your WhatsApp.

  • Check the suspicious link:

Don’t open/click any suspicious link on WhatsApp until you are sure it is a genuine link from your trusted contacts.

  • Security alert:

Turn the WhatsApp notification on from WhatsApp settings. So that whenever someone from another device tries to open your account. WhatsApp will message/notify you on your sim.

  • Log out an old phone if you lose it:

If you lose your phone with the sim, then quickly get a duplicate sim.  Insert it into a device, and log in to your WhatsApp account with the OTP sent on your sim. The login of WhatsApp will automatically log your WhatsApp account out of other devices.

  • Log out WhatsApp web when not in use:

Whenever you use WhatsApp web, log it out after every time you use it.

 

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