Warning over FAKE TikTok links ‘going viral on WhatsApp’ that let hackers spy on your phone
WHATSAPP is reportedly being used to spread dangerous fake TikTok links that could leave you susceptible to hackers.
A new report has warned that some TikTok links being circulated via SMS and WhatsApp actually contain malware.
TikTok is one of the most popular apps in existence[/caption]
India-based cybercrime office Maharashtra Cyber has reportedly released a warning about fake links to the popular social media app.
It claims crooks have been creating fake TikTok links that contain malware which can steal data if you click on them.
Scams like this are easy to fall for because apps like TikTok are well-known so some people wouldn’t hesitate to open a link which seems familiar.
To avoid this kind of scam there are a few things you can try.
— Maharashtra Cyber (@MahaCyber1) July 8, 2020
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Avoid opening links sent to you in a message from someone you don’t know.
You should check the URL of a link you’re unsure of for any spelling mistakes or irregularities.
Hackers try and make their links look as real as possible but they’ll always be slightly different from the real deal.
If it’s a TikTok website link then it should say www.tiktok.com.
TIKTOK: A BRIEF GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S MOST DOWNLOADED APP
TikTok lets users create and share short videos with music and camera effects.
It is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, founded by the entrepreneur Zhang Yiming.
The $75 billion conglomerate acquired the Musical.ly app in 2017 and merged it with TikTok, bringing millions of new users.
It is the world’s most downloaded iPhone app – with nearly 800 million downloads across the globe, according to data from mobile research firm Sensor Tower.
Facebook has taken notice of TikTok’s rising popularity, and launched a competitor app called Lasso in November last year.
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