#ProDatos: How to avoid scams on WhatsApp?

#ProDatos: How to avoid scams on WhatsApp?

Published on 26 May 2023

Scams are the order of the day and WhatsApp has become one of the favorite platforms for scammers to impersonate people. The modus operandi is simple: they install your WhatsApp account on another phone, steal your information and start writing from your number to your contacts to borrow money or buy dollars pretending to be […]

Scams are the order of the day and WhatsApp has become one of the favorite platforms for scammers to impersonate people. The modus operandi is simple: they install your WhatsApp account on another phone, steal your information and start writing from your number to your contacts to borrow money or buy dollars pretending to be you.


The mistake is to provide a person posing as a cell phone operator or writing directly through the app, a verification code that arrives via SMS. When you give this code, the scammer can use it to install your WhatsApp account on another mobile device and from there you lose control over your account. However, there is an option that helps prevent this from happening: two-step verification within the app.


Two-step verification: what is it?


Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds security to your WhatsApp account. When you enable this feature, you create and confirm a unique PIN that is required to access your account. The two-step verification PIN is different from the registration code you receive via SMS message or call.


With WhatsApp two-step verification you ensure that no one can register your phone number to another account, even if they manage to use methods to receive the verification code. This is achieved because anyone who installs your account on another device will be asked for a six-digit code that only you know.


Whether they want to use your number to scam your contacts or want to steal relevant information from you, if you have the two-step verification code active it will be much more difficult for them to get into your account without your authorization.


How to install two-step verification?


It’s a very simple process that won’t take you more than a minute and can save you a lot of trouble:


1) Log in to your WhatsApp account and go to the Settings section and go to the option that says “Account”.


2) After entering “Account”, check the option that says Two-Step Verification.


3) A message explaining what this mechanism is all about will immediately be displayed on the new screen and you will have to click on the Activate option to start the configuration.


4) You will be prompted for a six-digit code that you must remember.


5) You are also prompted for an email to send a new verification code in case you forget it.


6) Done! Once you have completed the data, your WhatsApp account will be correctly configured to prevent anyone else from accessing it without your permission.


By following these steps you will have already activated the two-step verification on your mobile device, this will help you to shield your information with the security resources offered by the platform itself.



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