In this article we will discuss why and you can update WhatsApp in your Android phone and iPhone after the recent vulnerability.
Everyone with WhatsApp on their phone should update to the latest version of the app as soon as possible, the company said earlier this month.
The WhatsApp vulnerability found is a so-called “zero-click zero-day,” a previously undiscovered vulnerability that can infect a target’s phone with no action from the victim.
The best course of action for users is to make sure auto-update is on for either your iPhone or Android devices.
Why you must update WhatsApp to the latest version
It is not yet known how many of WhatsApp’s 1.5 billion users were targeted by the bad actors, who installed the surveillance technology developed by Israel’s NSO Group by phoning the target through WhatsApp’s call functionality.
Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, said: “WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices.”
Scroll on to find out how to make sure your phone is safe.
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First, check to see if you have the latest version of WhatsApp. Let’s start with Android
To check try this method:
- Open Play Store
- Go to the Menu
- Tap ‘My apps & games’
- Find WhatsApp Messenger within your ‘Installed’ apps
- Tap the app
- Hit ‘Read more’ and scroll to the bottom
- Open your own WhatsApp click on the 3 dots on the top right corner of your WhatsApp
- Click “Settings”
- Now Click “Help”
- Click on “App info”
Under ‘App info,’ if it says you have any version between 2.19.134 to 2.19.150 , good news! Your phone is protected.
If you have an earlier version, for example 2.19.133, you need to update immediately.
How to Update your WhatsApp
- Go to Play Store
- Tap the Menu
- Hit’My apps & games’
- Tap ‘Update’ next to the WhatsApp Messenger
Alternatively, you can search for WhatsApp in the Play Store and hit ‘Update.’ Your aim is to make sure the app updates to version 2.19.150. But if you have version 2.19.134 you are protected.
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How to check your version of WhatsApp if you have an iPhone
Here’s how to check:
- Open the App Store
- Tap the ‘Updates’ tab
- Scroll until you see WhatsApp, either under ‘Pending’ or ‘Updated recently’
- Hit ‘More’ to see your most recent version number
If you have version 2.19.51 , again, you’re in luck!
However, if you have version 2.19.50 like the screenshot above, you need to update the latest version.
How to update WhatsApp on your iPhone
- Open the App Store
- Tap ‘Updates’
- Find WhatsApp Messenger and hit ‘Update’.
Another method, you can search for WhatsApp in the App Store and hit ‘Update.’ You want version 2.19.51 to be protected.
If you follow all these outline steps, you will be safe from hackers.
Some part of this article is culled from BI.