WhatsApp users are being warned to not download a fake upgraded version of the popular instant messaging app, called WhatsApp Gold.Once downloaded, this app will infect Android devices with malware (also known as viruses).
Users are being targeted by “secret” messages, sent to inboxes claiming they have an exclusive chance to download “WhatsApp Gold”. The scam messages claim to offer enhanced features, which are typically used by celebrities. Victims are then urged to sign up via a link provided.
After clicking on the link users are redirected to a fake page and the Android device will become infected with malware.
If you have already followed the link to download the software, install anti-virus software onto your device to remove the malware. There are a range of such software available, both for free and for a paid price. We recommend doing your research on these to see which will be most effective for you and your devices.
Mobile Malware Protection Advice:
– Always make sure you have the latest version of software and antivirus installed for increased protection.
– Be careful when downloading new apps as rogue ones can appear in legitimate app stores as well as unofficial online stores.
– Always check reviews and ratings as well as developer information before downloading a new app.
– If your battery suddenly starts draining really fast, consider that it might be a malware problem.
– Make sure to check your phone bill online periodically – more often than once a month, that way you can keep tabs on any suspicious activity.
General Online Safety Advice Sources
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