Social networks have become a convenient way of communication for millions of people. However, in addition to all the advantages, this tool also has a disadvantage. If someone else gains access to it, then he will have all your confidential information in his hands. This is a serious threat to privacy. That is why any user of social networks actively conducting correspondence should pay increased attention to the protection of their information.
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On the Internet, you have probably come across offers to help find out who viewed your page or read correspondence. But usually these offers are a cunning trick of scammers who want to force gullible users to install a Trojan on their computer, in fact, a virus. You have to rely on your strength.
We have already talked about one effective method to find out if someone is using your iPhone in your absence or when you sleep?
In the same article, we will help you find out when an outsider is reading your correspondence and protect yourself from such an undesirable situation. At the same time, you will not have to give access to your account to anyone else.
It is often said that there is nothing wrong with curiosity. After all, it helps to satisfy the thirst for knowledge. That’s just when a stranger tries to get into our personal lives, no one wants to welcome it. And social networks are arranged in such a way that we may not even know that our privacy has been violated, because spy lovers do not particularly advertise their activities, wanting to remain “in the shadows” as long as possible.
I must say that data leakage most often occurs through the fault of the users themselves. Someone left a smartphone on the table, others leave their sessions on websites open on someone else’s computer, others use simple passwords based on their date of birth … All this becomes the reason for unauthorized persons to access your correspondence, intimate photos, personal plans, and potentially even blackmail.
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How do you know that someone else is reading your correspondence?
It is actually possible to find out that an outsider has gained access to your correspondence, although no method completely guarantees the correct answer. However, you can try using the Privnote service, which uses self-destructing notes.
This method will help ensure private correspondence by finding out if someone other than the author of the account and his interlocutor reads it. The service is convenient because when creating a self-destructing note, you can specify your email address as a parameter. Immediately after reading your note, you will receive a notification by e-mail. This is the basic principle of the “trap”.
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How to make a trap for the reader of your correspondence in Telegram, WhatsApp or Viber?
1. Go to privnote.com and enter any text in the new note field.
2. Next click on the button “Show Options”.
3. Section “The note self-destructs” next to the “Do not ask for confirmation before showing and destroying the note.” check the box.
4. Section Notice of destruction enter your e-mail.
5. Click on “Create a note”. The service will generate a link to a note with these parameters.
6. In order not to show that the link leads to privnote.com, shorten it using any of these link shortening services.
7. Place the received link in your messengers as a “bait”. For example, in Telegram it can be a personal folder “Favorites”, in whatsapp – “Selected Posts” in Viber – “My notes”pinned at the top of the messenger.
And you can agree with one of your interlocutors and place a link in the correspondence. Of course, the second party must know that the link should not be clicked. And it is worth negotiating outside this particular messenger.
Leave a link to the note next to the provocative text, for example, you can create a “Personal photo album”, “Home photos” etc. by attaching a link to a self-destructing note in Privnote.
This will increase the chances that an attacker will not suspect something is wrong and will click on such a tempting link. It is important to leave it in a conspicuous place.
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How to behave if the trap worked?
If the measures taken helped, and the trap worked, then you will receive a corresponding letter by e-mail.
Now you can try again and find out from which device and when your note was read. A suspicious device can be immediately disconnected from the account.
In almost every messenger, you can find a list of devices connected to the service and the time of their last activity. For this:
In Telegram follow the path Settings → Devices.
In WhatsApp follow the path Settings → Linked devices.
In Viber follow the path Settings → More → Settings → Account → Computers and tablets.
Here you can see all currently active sessions, indicating the type of devices, their location and version of the operating system. Directly from the same menu, you can disconnect other people’s devices from your account or even end all active sessions by pressing just one button.
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We should always be sensitive to privacy issues, because social networks contain a lot of our personal information. Using the Privnote service, you can perform a small check by creating a trap for a stealthy attacker. And if it turns out that someone other than you is reading your correspondence, then you need to end all your active sessions as soon as possible and change the password to a new one that is more resistant to selection.