If you have received the WhatsApp message with the malicious link, don’t click on it and that’s simply because it’s a virus. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest WhatsApp scam and how you can stay safe from it. Also Read - WhatsApp will soon make chats more interactive with Stickers: Report
What is WhatsApp Pink link?
The wide spreading WhatsApp message that comes with a link claims that the colour of WhatsApp will change to pink on clicking the link. This link is nothing, but a virus and you should refrain from clicking on it. Also Read - Gurugram launches WhatsApp Covid-19 helpline
It should also be noted that, no link or anything can change the original logo or the colour of any app. If there’s a change in the logo, there should be an official announcement by the company for the same. Otherwise, it’s a new way to trick users and steal access to their account.
According to reports, cyber experts are warning WhatsApp users from falling into the prey of the virus link. The message circulating on the messaging platform also claims to bring some new features. Don’t believe any of it.
What cyber experts say about WhatsApp Pink link
Cybersecurity experts suggest that, clicking on the malicious link will hack users’ phone and provide access to the WhatsApp account. It is also said, if you click on the WhatsApp Pink link, there are high chances that you will lose access to your WhatsApp account.
Cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia posted on social media platforms, “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of #WhatsappPink. Complete access to your phone will be lost.” Several WhatsApp users are reportedly sharing the malicious link on groups but this should be stopped immediately.
Cyber intelligence firm Voyager Infosec director Jiten Jain suggested that WhatsApp users should never install any APK or mobile app other than those available on official App store of Google or Apple.
“Such malicious apps can be used to compromise your phone and steal personal data like –photos, sms, contacts etc. Keyboard based malwares can be used to track everything you type. It can be used to capture and steal banking passwords. The current case of Pink WhatsApp or WhatsApp Gold is also a case of malware impersonating as fake WhatsApp feature apps,” Jain said.
How to stay safe from WhatsApp Pink link
Commenting on the matter, WhatsApp said, “Anyone can get an unusual, uncharacteristic or suspicious message on any service, including email, and anytime that happens we strongly encourage everyone to use caution before responding or engaging. On WhatsApp in particular, we also recommend that people use the tools that we provide within the app to send us a report, report a contact or block contact. Here are tips to stay safe from such malicious links:
-Identify the link. Check the keywords in the URL. Always go back and check the link of the official website.
-Check for spelling errors and grammatical mistakes.
-Don’t click on links that claim free gifts, unofficial changes to app and more.
-Refrain from forwarding such links to other WhatsApp contacts.
-In this case, check the official WhatsApp website and find out if there’s an official feature that changes green logo to pink.