Just a few days ago, a before WhatsApp took to the messaging app, which required users to download a pink version of the app. The post implies a link and suggests that you can use a new version of WhatsApp with new features. The name of the app is “WhatsApp Pink” which has been found to be a malicious app. It seems to change the color of the app.
When you click on the link, you are taken to a page with an option to download the malicious WhatsApp Pink app on your phone. Once you install the WhatsApp clone, it might steal your personal data and you might end up with a problem. Cyber security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia reported this malicious app on Twitter and even shared a few screenshots showing the interface of the malicious app, which appears to be similar to the original app.
“Beware of WhatsApp Pink !! A virus is spreading in #WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Do not click any link with the name of WhatsApp Pink. Full access to your phone will be lost, ”Rajaharia said. It is important to note that WhatsApp or Facebook has not announced any such application.
How to identify if an app is fake
Users should never download anything shared on WhatsApp unless they know the link is correct. If you receive an app link on WhatsApp, you need to verify its existence on Google. It’s always best to install new apps from the Play Store because Google performs a security check on apps before you have access to them. WhatsApp “forwarded” messages are also useful. The label “Forwarded” helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message or if it was originally from someone else. If a message (with a link) has been forwarded multiple times and you are unsure whether to download it, you should ignore it. You can use a robust mobile security app, which can alert you to malicious apps.
It is important to note that you should never try to use a modified version of an original application as this poses a huge security risk. Every time you download an app, it asks you for permissions like storage, cameras, and contacts, among others. So you might end up giving out some personal details and then wondering what happened. Before downloading an app, you always need the screenshots, description, developer name, app name, number of downloads, and reviews. If you find something suspicious, you can give up the idea of installing it.
How to get rid of WhatsApp Pink and be safe
Step 1: First you need to uninstall WhatsApp Pink. Before that, if you have linked all Whatsapp web devices, unpair them immediately.
2nd step: Clear browser cache from settings. If you don’t know how to do this, read the embedded article.
Step 3: You should also check the permission for all apps and if you found any suspicious permission on any app, revoke it immediately.
The security researcher reported on Twitter that the app goes into hidden mode after you install it. So it may be a bit difficult for you to uninstall it as the option may not be immediately visible. So for that all you need to do is go to the settings section of your smartphone and then visit Applications. Here you will see the list of apps installed on your phone. You can then find the WhatsApp Pink app and delete it.