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How to check if your WhatsApp web QR code has been hacked via extensions?

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oi-Megha Rawat

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WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most widely used text messaging service. However, such prominence leads to a fourfold increase in the risk of personal information leaks and data tracking. Although the app and desktop versions of WhatsApp have various privacy and security features, it’s never a bad idea to double-check. Meta (formerly Facebook) has released a browser plugin that allows users to verify that they are using the correct version of WhatsApp Web.

The extension will check the integrity of the web application and ensure that it has not been manipulated by third parties, such as hackers, who have tried to redirect your data or messages to them. Here’s how to check if your WhatsApp Web QR Code has been hacked with the extension.

What is WhatsApp web QR code hack?

The intervention of third parties who can influence and alter the WhatsApp Web site source code to acquire or track a user’s data or activities is known as WhatsApp Web QR code hacking.

Targeting a specific IP address of the device or PC and updating the scannable code each time the person visits the WhatsApp website is one method that could happen (web.whatsapp.com). Third parties can potentially start getting that person’s WhatsApp messages and data once the code is read.

How to verify the authenticity of WhatsApp Web?

Just install the official Meta (formerly Facebook) browser extension to check if the web version of WhatsApp you’re using is genuine and trustworthy, and it’ll take care of the rest. Here’s how to do it in a step-by-step method.

Step 1. Search “verify code” in “Chrome web store” on your Chromium-based PC browsers, such as Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox. Chrome users can also click this link.
Step 2. To install the extension, click on the “Add to Chrome” button on the right side.
Step 3. You will be prompted to add the extension via a popup prompt. Choose “Add extension” from the drop-down menu.
Step 4. Pin the extension to the top bar of your browser so that it runs in the background whenever you visit WhatsApp Web i.e. https://web.whatsapp.com/ .
Step 5. Scan the code on the screen to log into WhatsApp Web.
Step 6. Depending on the risk, different icons will appear. For example, if the web version of WhatsApp you are using is not tampered with, the extension will show a green checkmark. It will display a red indicator with an exclamation point if it finds that the version is not the same as the others.

Windows and macOS have the same procedure for installing and using the Code Verify extension.

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Article first published: Saturday, March 19, 2022, 3:41 p.m. [IST]