WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new feature that will allow users to choose a unique “avatar” to represent themselves online. This functionality is currently being released to a subset of Android beta users of the app.WABetaInfo reports that the Meta-owned instant messaging program will soon release an avatar feature for users on Android, iOS and desktops worldwide. If you’re using WhatsApp on Android 220.127.116.11, the new Avatar feature is available in beta right now. It will be available to beta testers on iOS and desktops soon.Additional caution is required when using social media apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram and so on. “Fake messages are circulating on numerous social media platforms (WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, etc.) that falsely claim to be holiday offers leading users in connection with gifts and prizes,” CERT-IN tips warn. Female victims are the focus of a campaign of actors who encourage them to spread the link through WhatsApp, Telegram and Instagram. Moreover, he explains that most of these malicious sites have domain endings.CN in Chinese, along with several other domains such as.XYZ and .top.
It’s a well-designed scheme with many insinuations designed to trick you into giving away your money. The user will see a link in the message, which they urge you to pass on to your loved ones. What’s worse, after the “Congratulations” message, those who click on the link will be presented with a survey. In order to receive the reward, visitors are asked to enter their personal information on the malicious sites.
How to avoid online scams?
The first and most important precaution you can take to protect yourself from falling for such scams is to avoid clicking on links from sources you don’t know and trust. When in doubt, it’s best to double-check that the site or link in question is legitimate and not a copy. It is important to keep in mind that a legitimate business or organization will never ask for your password directly.
Never respond to a request for personal information or credentials in an e-mail or text message; this leaves you vulnerable to identity theft. Since these attacks often involve illegal financial transactions, it is wise to place restrictions on UPI transfers and other transactions through your bank.