WhatsApp users have been advised to take steps to protect their application accounts and phone devices in order not to get hacked.

This advice was given by an IT expert and the founder of LinksHub, Obiageli Uju, in light of users complaining of their accounts being hacked.

While speaking in Abuja on Friday, Uju stressed the importance of safeguarding accounts from hackers as applications like WhatsApp contain important personal information.

“With the way hackers are operating in this age, they can hack into any software or device if they want to, so sometimes it is not enough to only password your phone.

“It will be safe for people to also protect very important Apps on their phones or other devices which contains vital personal information that can be used for online criminal activities,’’ Uju said.

“ In order for your WhatsApp not to be hijacked for online extortion, impersonation used to spread fake news, users can go to settings on their WhatsApp.

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“Click on account, click on two-step verification, it will ask for a PIN twice.

“Use a simple, easy to remember PIN. It will also request for your email address, you are required to enter that too,’’ she said.

The expert assured that if these safety precautions were followed, there would be no cases of account being hacked and sensitive data being manipulated.

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