How to know if someone is spying on your WhatsApp

How to know if someone is spying on your WhatsApp

If you are concerned about keeping your personal data private, we're happy to tell you that there is a formula to find out if there is anyone reading your personal conversations. This is the chat access history that is stored in the WhatsApp Web version and in this article we will provide a detailed explanation of how to access it.

People can be easily tracked in WhatsApp does not have special privacy settings such as a password, etc. Therefore, it cannot be completely ruled out that your correspondence may someday become available to strangers. But fortunately, there are ways to check if you are being spied on.

How to log into WhatsApp web?

WhatsApp Web is the desktop version of the application that can be accessed from its website. To open WhatsApp Web for the first time, you need to access the website from your phone and scan the QR code that appears. Open your WhatsApp app settings on your smartphone and select WhatsApp Web/Desktop, as shown in the image below.

WhatsApp Web screenshot
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At this point, one very important detail to note: by default, the system enables the "Keep me logged in" option. This means that once you open your WhatsApp account in that web browser, it will remain connected and logged in even if you close the web page. You must go to the menu (the three points) and deliberately select Logout. Of course, you can choose not to log out on that web browser because you use it to access the service regularly or ignore the detail. However, this means that anyone with access to your computer can open the WhatsApp website and access all your conversations.

How to detect if your WhatsApp messages are being spied on?

There are also some signs that should alert you and force you to check your phone for spyware. If your gadget is behaving strangely, and in particular making sounds or vibrating for no reason, this may be an indication that it has been hacked. Also, too much heating or frequent freezes of the device can also be signs that spyware is running.

But there is one particularly precise formula, that allows you to see if an intruder is accessing your conversations through WhatsApp Web. To access this feature, go to your phone's WhatsApp app settings menu, open the WhatsApp Web option, and a list of computers with active open sessions will appear. It also lists the information about the computer on which the current session was started, the type of browser, the geographic location, and most importantly, the date and time when the last access occurred.

This allows you to check two things. Firstly, you can see any suspicious open sessions on your WhatsApp account, and secondly, if someone accessed the open session on your computer when you were not logged in. You can also check this from your smartphone when away from home.

How to block intruder access?

In the event of a suspicious connection, it’s recommended to log out directly form your phone. It is not possible to log out of a specific computer and leave other browser sessions open, but what you can do is "Sign Out of All Sessions" on the web where you’re logged into your WhatsApp account.

WhatsApp screenshot
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Since it is extremely easy to log in to WhatsApp by scanning a QR code, we recommend you always log out before leaving the page for security reasons. In addition to that, you can regularly log into your connection history and close all sessions to prevent others from accessing and reading your chats.

Is there anti-spyware software for WhatsApp?

You can use antiviruses for mobile devices from well-known and reliable manufacturers, such as Avast. There are also special applications for WhatsApp that are designed to protect your WhatsApp from hacking. The downside is that they are not free, and you may be wondering if you need to pay for additional protection. In addition, they may not be approved by WhatsApp itself, which also poses certain risks.

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