WhatsApp is not a 100% foolproof app: these are the ways they can spy on you.
That there are alternatives to WhatsApp that stand out for their security as is the case of Signal has its explanation: WhatsApp, despite being the most used messaging app in the world, not infallible, and there will always be someone who is capable of take advantage of the gaps existing in the application to carry out techniques that allow spy on other people’s conversations.
And it is that, although it is no longer as simple as it used to be, spying WhatsApp conversations is possible, and it is undoubtedly something you should keep in mind when using the app to prevent third parties from accessing the information you share through your chats. So in this guide we review all the ways they could be spying on your conversations WhatsApp, so that it is easier to avoid such situations.
First of all, how can you prevent them from spying on your WhatsApp?
As I said at the beginning, spying WhatsApp is no longer as easy as it was before. Until the app introduced end-to-end encryption in their chats, anyone connected to our Wi-Fi network, with the necessary tools, could access the content of our messages sent and received simply by analyzing the traffic of the network in question. Fortunately, this method no longer works, and attackers must seek other, more complex avenues when trying to capture messages from their victims.
Having said that, it is necessary to mention that There is no solution that allows avoiding all kinds of espionage techniques through WhatsAppAlthough maintaining a good level of security in our account can help, a lot. Therefore, we recommend you take a look at our WhatsApp security guide.
On the other hand, it is worth mentioning – although it should be evident – that spying on WhatsApp conversations is completely illegal. In fact, it is a crime typified in Article 197 of the Penal Code, which refers to the discovery and disclosure of secrets, and which carries prison terms of 1 to 4 years and a fine of 1 to two years. Furthermore, penalties are tightened when the acts have been committed by the spouse or by a person who has had an emotional relationship with the victim although there has been no coexistence.
Taking into account all of the above, now yes, we will see all the ways in which they can spy on your WhatsApp:
Through WhatsApp Web
It would not be the first time that WhatsApp Web is at the center of the controversy due to security breaches that allow attackers to access the content of the chats, or even introduce malware into the computers of their victims.
But beyond the vulnerabilities that it could have, the simple fact of working through the browser, associated with a WhatsApp account, makes WhatsApp Web one of the most used ways to spy on WhatsApp chats. And it is enough to log into WhatsApp on a computer, to access all conversations, both current and previous, with all your messages and shared files.
Besides that, WhatsApp only sends a notification to the mobile when the login is done for the first timeSo if the person who wants to spy on us removes that notification, ** we will not know if someone is reading our messages through the web version of the messaging app.
How to avoid it: To prevent them from spying on your WhatsApp through the web version, access the “WhatsApp Web” section of the application on your mobile, and check which devices you are signed in to. If you see a suspicious computer, you can tap on it to log out and remove access to your messages.
Through WhatsApp backups
Although it is not a technique as simple as that of WhatsApp Web, as explained in AdslZone, it is also possible to spy on WhatsApp conversations through the backups that the app creates of our conversations. For this, there are specific tools and software that allow decrypt backup packages and thus access its content.
How to avoid it: For some years now, WhatsApp backups have been stored on Google Drive. This adds an extra layer of security. In addition, in order to access the copies, the attacker would need to have the login code that WhatsApp sends by SMS when logging in to a new device. That is why it is so important to ignore the messages that ask us for this type of verification codes.
Unfortunately, over the years more and more have emerged tools designed to spy on WhatsApp conversations. Although some are justified on the premise of being parental control applications that allow parents and guardians to know who their children are talking to, the reality is that in most cases they are used for other purposes.
In addition, these types of applications have progressed to become increasingly complex, so that don’t even need superuser or root permissions to carry out its function. Some of them even offer full access to device content, including call logs, chats, group chats and multimedia files through WhatsApp.
However, it is also necessary to mention that a good number of these tools not only do not fulfill their functionThey can also pose a risk to those who use them. In fact, it would not be the first time that the State Security Forces and Corps warn of scams disguised as this type of software.
How to avoid it: Frequently review the list of apps installed on your mobile to rule out suspicious or unknown applications. If, in addition, you suspect that they may be spying on your conversations, checking if your mobile phone runs slower or consumes more battery than usual may be clues that something is wrong – A background process may be running to give the attacker access to all of the content on your device. In any case, formatting your mobile can be the most effective solution.
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