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WhatsApp OTP scam: How to protect yourself 

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WhatsApp is a fantastic platform to chat with your friends and contacts but it has become the largest target of scammers and hackers. Hackers are now using OTP tricks to gain illegal access to accounts. WhatsApp OTP scam is a very tricky affair. Scammers hack into your WhatsApp account using an OTP. You could get a message on WhatsApp from an unknown number or from a friend. These scammers claim as being in a sort of emergency situation. They will ask you for an OTP, that has been apparently sent to your number by mistake.
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Whatsapp OTP scam

WhatsApp OTP scam is expanding rapidly

Do not engage with the sender if you get any such message. Never share the OTP with anyone even if it comes via a number sent by your friend. Because, if you will share the OPT, the hacker will gain access to your WhatsApp account and the full control of the same will go to the hacker. Hackers can misuse the access and reach out to your other friends following the same tricks. They can then reach out to other people in your contact using the same tricks. The hacker can also collect sensitive data or conversations that are private.

Two-step verification to enhance the security of your account

Two-step verification is an optional feature and it adds more security to your WhatsApp account. After you register your phone number on WhatsApp you will see the two-step verification screen. You have the option to enter your email address by enabling two-step verification. This allows WhatsApp to email you a reset link in case you ever forget your PIN. It also helps you safeguard your account.
WhatsApp will prompt you to periodically enter your PIN to help you remember your PIN. However, there isn’t an option to disable this. To disable this, you need to disable the two-step verification feature.

How to secure your account –

  • After opening WhatsApp, tap on the three dots on the top right corner
  • Click on the setting option and select account
  • Click on two-step verification
  • You get an enable option when you click on enable
  • You will be asked to enter the pin twice and your email address
  • Two-step verification will be activated, when you confirm the email address.
  • You can disable or change the pin when you want following the same step

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