WhatsApp Pink is in circulation as a malicious app that could steal your data once installed in your phone and allow hackers to gain access to your phone.
A new kind of virus or scam is spreading on WhatsApp and you must stay safe from it. A link claiming to change the original green color of WhatsApp logo to pink is being circulated on WhatsApp groups like crazy.
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.
However, instead of bringing any changes to the original WhatsApp, the link leads to a page with an option to download the malicious WhatsApp Pink app on their phones. The app notably neither has any relation with WhatsApp nor with Facebook.
Here’s everything you need to know about the latest WhatsApp scam of WhatsApp Pink Link and how you can stay safe from it.
What is WhatsApp Pink link?
The wide spreading WhatsApp message that comes with a link claims that the color of WhatsApp will change to pink on clicking the link. This link is nothing, but a virus and you should avoid from clicking on it.
It should also be noted that, any link or APK can not change the logo or color of any official 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 their account or hack their phone.
According to reports, cyber experts are warning WhatsApp users from opening the virus link. The message circulating on the messaging platform also claims to bring some new features. Don’t believe on it because it’s just a scam.
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 grammatical mistakes and spelling errors.
- Avoid from forwarding such links to other WhatsApp contacts.
- Don’t click on links that claim free gifts, vouchers, unofficial changes to app, etc.
- Check the official WhatsApp website and find out if there is an official feature that changes color to pink or any other color.
What cyber experts say?
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.
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.