Avoiding WhatsApp Scams and Viruses on your device
With more than one billion users, it’s no surprise that WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps of crooks. 42 billion and above messages, together with 1.6 billion images and 250 million videos; are sending and transferring everyday. These sent files are the reason behind email application which is also popular in cyber-crime. So here are our tips to avoid WhatsApp scams and viruses.
Do not worry, this article is not meant to make you panicky or even stop using WhatsApp altogether. It is rather to make you aware of the potential dangers you may face on a daily basis. Android knows how to resist viruses and it is not easy for these to infect our devices.
How can a virus happen on WhatsApp?
Security vulnerabilities are not easy to exploit on Android. That’s why scammers try to trick WhatsApp users by having them install a program or redirecting them to a website with cookies and malware. These stolen links can happen via one of your “contaminated” contacts or via known companies that are used to phishing you. These include Ikea, MdDonald’s, KFC and clothing brands (Zara, Nike, Celio …). Deception therefore exploits the credulity and naivety of users to make them click as quickly as possible.
How to distinguish WhatsApp Scams and viruses on your devices?
Cyber-criminals are imaginative both the sums and the scams can report are important. In some cases, there are scams of several million euros. There are therefore many forms of scams on WhatsApp. This may be a message warning you that you have missed a voice message and prompting you to click a link to access it, a message prompting you to download a fraudulent version of WhatsApp for PC, a message that Encourages you to respond, from a message of a sexual or professional nature. In addition, there are messages that prompt you to update the application that may send you to a paid service or that announces the closure of your account.
In some cases there are WhatsApp Scams of several million euros.
Finally, one of the most famous and most lucrative WhatsApp Scam is called WhatsApp Oro. This appealing name is indeed a scam that invites you to download an enhanced version of WhatsApp with special emoticons, exclusive themes and other advanced features. In fact, if you follow these instructions, you subscribe to a courier service that costs you 1.45 euros for each SMS that the company sends up to a maximum of 36.25 euros per month! Forget emoticons and exclusive features.
What is the solution to WhatsApp Scams and Viruses?
In any case, the best way to avoid any type of scam is to avoid precisely messages with a link to a site that you ingot or that you think is dubious. If these messages come from contacts you know, I advise you to contact the people before opening the links. If these messages come from strangers, do not click!
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