The Ministry indicated that the private and confidential information reached an external party, without mentioning who this external party is, and the Ministry did not mention how it believed that the account had been hacked.
“This illegal activity has been reported to the relevant authorities and the owners of the platforms to take action on the matter,” said ministry spokesman Mish Molakeng.
The South African Police Service issued a list of signs indicating that your WhatsApp account may have been compromised so that you can discover it early enough.
While WhatsApp developers try to improve security through two-factor authentication and end-to-end encryption, hackers can still access your messages by circumventing these protections.
But if you are concerned about security, it is best to use a messaging service that has a better track record and does not store data such as Signal, according to Schloss.
What are the steps to prevent your WhatsApp account from being hacked?
1_ Log out of all devices:
When you log into “WhatsApp Web” on a computer, the account remains open until you log out, and it is not sufficient to close the browser only, because if your computer is stolen, the computer that you used to log into “WhatsApp Web”, the thief will be able to see your messages immediately It arrives.
2_ Never leave your phone unlocked:
It is advised that you never leave your phone behind, because if the phone is stolen, your data will be at risk.
3_ enable two-factor authentication:
Two-factor authentication is a big new addition to the WhatsApp application, as you will not be required to authenticate every time you log into your account, but two-factor authentication will be requested at random intervals, but this step will stop the hacker from being able to view your messages for a long time after Accessing your account
4_ Close the WhatsApp application:
If you want a fourth layer of protection, consider downloading an application (Applock) that will allow you to lock applications, as you are asked when you enable it to enter the password for the application to access it.
And in case your WhatsApp account has already been hacked, deactivate your account by sending an email to ([email protected]). Your account will be deleted automatically if it is not accessed within 30 days.
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