How to protect your account from malware

Malware is a software used with malicious intent to steal information, disrupt, and damage devices. It can be installed on someone’s device without them knowing it.

How to protect your account from malware

To better secure your phone and remove harmful software:
  • Always keep Google Play Protect enabled. To turn it on:
    1. Go to the Play Store.
    2. Tap your profile icon at the top right.
    3. Tap Play Protect > Settings.
    4. Turn Scan apps with Play Protect on.
  • Don’t use rooted phones.
  • Reset your phone to factory settings.
You may contact your Operating System manufacturer or phone service provider to learn how to remove harmful software.

Best practices to protect your account

Never use unofficial versions of the WhatsApp app
Unofficial apps are fake WhatsApp apps, which means they’re developed by third-parties and violate our Terms of Service. These apps put your privacy, security, and safety at risk. If you’re using them, there’s no guarantee your messages or your data, like your location or the files you share, will be private and secure. Learn more about unofficial apps in this article.
Remove untrusted apps
Apps downloaded from unknown sources might infect your device with malicious software.
Look out for suspicious links
When receiving links, carefully review the content of the message.
Be careful of suspicious files
When receiving a file, you might get an error message. This could mean that there’s an issue with the format or that the file is malicious. Make sure you trust the sender before opening it. Learn more in this article.

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