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How To Know If Your WhatsApp Is Being Monitored

By Pranab Sen

To know if someone is reading your WhatsApp messages, open your WhatsApp and look for all active or previous sessions. You will see all the devices that are being used on your WhatsApp.

If you see some changes in WhatsApp conversations that are not done by you, then you should be careful that your WhatsApp is monitored by someone else.

There are a few things you should learn to know if someone deleted their WhatsApp.

How To Know If Your WhatsApp Is Being Monitored:

You have to be aware of these things below to know if WhatsApp is being monitored:

Know If Your WhatsApp Is Being Monitored

1. On WhatsApp Web

This thing can be done if someone scans your WhatsApp Web QR without letting you know.

To know if someone is tracking or monitoring through WhatsApp web just,

Step 1: Open WhatsApp and tap on the ‘three-dots’ icon & tap WhatsApp Web.

Step 2: Now, if this shows ‘Currently Active‘ then your WhatsApp messages are being read on the WhatsApp Web.

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Step 3: You can tap on Log out from all devices to stop this.

If we talk about the demand for tracking anyone’s WhatsApp account by such apps, may likewise not be the real thing that is utilized by experts. But, WhatsApp can be spied on by such apps and spyware, so be careful.

☛ If you have installed unnecessary third-party applications on your device, things get worse if you also have allowed file/media access to such apps.

☛ If you see multiple messages or files that are sent to your contacts without your permission, you can be sure that a major hack happened on your WhatsApp account and the spying is going on till now.

2. If you gave location permissions

Installing the mod or modified versions of WhatsApp can create this kind of issue. If you’re suspicious that your WhatsApp is being monitored by someone you need to use some clues to figure it out. Often users download the modified versions of WhatsApp to get extra features that the original WhatsApp doesn’t provide. Although these modified versions of WhatsApp are fun and easy to use sometimes, you can’t trust them.

These modified versions are not approved and you should never download them from online sources. These modified versions of WhatsApp also ask for permission to access your storage, location, etc.

If you’ve recently provided access to any modified app WhatsApp, there is a good chance that your WhatsApp is being monitored by someone without your knowledge.

3. If Recently Installed Any App

Spy apps are another dangerous method that hackers use to monitor and hack devices to get hold of users’ information. If you’ve recently installed any fake or spy app on your device after being told to do so by someone, then there is a good chance that the user has tricked you into installing the app so that he can monitor your WhatsApp remotely without having physical access to it.

When a spy app is installed on your device, then all your incoming, and outgoing messages, pictures, and status are updated to the hacker through the spying app. He will be able to read your chats remotely too.

If you’re aware that there is a spy app on your device, uninstall that quickly to save your data from hackers.

How To Know If Someone Is Reading My WhatsApp Messages:

Hackers try many ways to read your WhatsApp to see the messages. You might check the below-mentioned ways to be aware of:

1. Using WhatsApp WEB

Using WhatsApp WEB

WhatsApp web is the easiest way that hackers to watch inside your WhatsApp chat and send and receive messages.

But, this becomes possible due to the QR code for the WhatsApp web feature.

What hackers do is, steal that QR code and scan that with the WhatsApp web on their PC and if your WhatsApp is open on your mobile they can see all the stuff including messages and media on their PC.

This keeps the records of what you are sending and receiving on that WhatsApp account.

2. Using a Registered SIM card

WhatsApp uses the SIM card for the first time after installation and later you can move out the SIM and use WhatsApp for that account if you have other internet connections or have Wi-Fi. But, this feature turns out to be a flaw of its own.

If someone has access to that number they can steal your WhatsApp account and see the incoming stuff.

But, you would not be ever able to find out who did this because if the person removes the SIM still he has access to that account until or unless you get back the account again.

How to Stop Someone from Tracking WhatsApp:

If you see that your WhatsApp account is already being hacked and happening frequently then you might take a few steps on this and the issue will be solved.

Just act on these three methods as described below:

1. Activate Two-step verification

This is the initial step you can take against the hackers on your WhatsApp. You can see an option in Settings>>Account and then tap on Two-step verification, then ENABLE the feature there. This works by sending a verification code to the targeted number whenever a user tries registering an account on WhatsApp.

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2. Disable WhatsApp Web

Now, here comes another method that you might care about, the WhatsApp web. Whenever you see a notification saying that ‘WhatsApp web is currently active’ but if you didn’t activate this then this is an indication that someone is spying on your WhatsApp remotely. To stop that initially turn off the WhatsApp web feature by tapping on the three-dots icon. You can also check the status of that last active device there.

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3. Lock All Applications

Android and iOS both have the feature to lock the apps using patterns or passwords. If your WhatsApp is not locked with any password or pattern, just do it as this may give a chance for hackers to get into your app’s storage and steal data from there.

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We also suggest you lock even the media and other folders from where your storage can be accessible. If you are using an older version of Android, in that case, you can install a third-party app called AppLock, easily available on the Play Store.

What should You do if WhatsApp is Hacked:

If you feel that your WhatsApp account might be at risk then you should take some crucial steps. You have four effective ways that can help to protect your WhatsApp messages from being read by someone else.

Prevent Hackers from Hacking your WhatsApp

1. Never Let Anyone Get Access To Your Phone:

The first thing is, that you should never leave your phone with someone else unknown. As explained they can take out all of the information. However, this is always recommended to use any devices single-handed and securely. So, keep an eye on your phone to prevent access from someone else.

2. Don’t Download Unknown Stuff:

There are few browsers and sites that promote spyware and other viruses. You must be aware to download such apps and files but never download & install such files on your mobile as these files can lead to the hacking of your phone. Install AdBlockers on the browser and don’t visit sites with malware.

3. Keep only TRUSTED Third-Party Apps:

Trust matters a huge when choosing an app on your device. WhatsApp recently declared many apps are detected as security dangers for your account. So, it is recommended to use only official apps on your device.

Note: If you need to protect your WhatsApp, initially activate the Two-step verification. However, you must activate the other feature as well to better protect your WhatsApp messenger.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How to Detect WhatsApp Spy App on Phone?

If you’re suspicious that a spy app is installed on your device, you need to check the apps section to see if you can find any unknown apps on your device. You need to unhide all the apps first and then check as the spy app might be hidden on your device.

If you’ve recently handed your phone to someone else, the person might have installed the spying app on your device to spy on you.

2. How To Tell If Someone is Lying About Tracking?

If someone is tracking you constantly, the person will have complete details about your life, work, friends, location, etc.

You need to ask the user about yourself and check if he can answer your questions promptly or not. If he’s just guessing and assuming it, then he’s lying to make a fool of you.

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Pranab Sen is founder and author of Techniquehow.com. He is a full-time blogger, everything that gets published is from Pranab's hand. He likes to be a 'social media geek' since 2011 to understand the problems of readers more deeply and giving the solution through his writing.

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