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Update WhatsApp to protect yourself from a security threat

What’s happened?

WhatsApp users are urged to update their WhatsApp app with the latest software update.

The update was released this week to address a security vulnerability that could allow a cybercriminal to remotely install surveillance software on a user’s device.

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, is a popular messaging app for smartphones. It offers a secure messaging service for one-on-one or small group conversations. As a result, it is a target for scammers trying to hack into users’ confidential conversations and perform other malicious activities.

How to make sure your WhatsApp app is up-to-date

On an iPhone or iOS device:

Go to the App Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.

On an Android device:

Go to Play Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap UPDATE under WhatsApp Messenger.

Why are software updates so important?

Software and security updates fix vulnerabilities in your apps, devices and operating systems that cybercriminals may use to gain unauthorised access or to perform other malicious activity.

Typically attackers exploit vulnerabilities in order to perform other malicious actions, such as stealing or corrupting information, installing malware or stopping the affected system from working correctly.

How do I stay safe?

Stay Smart Online recommends, whenever possible, choosing to automatically apply security updates when they become available. Automatic updates minimise the risk of delaying or forgetting to apply an update, and limit the chance that cybercriminals will gain access to your devices and sensitive personal and financial data.

More information

Learn more about software updates from Stay Smart Online.

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