A warning has been issued by Indian Army for its soldiers regarding the security of WhatsApp. A case has come to notice wherein an army jawan was automatically added to a Pakistani WhatsApp group, so the army has asked the soldiers to change their WhatsApp settings. Even before this, it has been seen many times that the soldiers fall prey to the honey trap in social media.
In the warning issued by the Indian Army, it has been told that how the soldiers have to change the setting of their WhatsApp. A case has been cited in the circular, in which an army soldier was automatically added to a WhatsApp group and that number was belonged Pakistan. The number was +923032569307.
After this, this warning has been issued by Indian Army. In which it has been told that many times the soldiers of the Indian Army and their families have been targeted by Pakistan Intelligence Operatives (PIOs) on Social medias like WhatsApp. In such a situation, you can prevent yourself from joining unwanted groups by changing Whatsapp setting.
How to Change Settings?
WhatsApp Settings> Accounts> Privacy> Group> Change Settings to ‘My Contacts‘
Earlier, Indian Army has already warned many times to soldiers to avoid social media. Last month, in an advisory, the army warned military personnel to stay away from unknown people. Soldiers were specifically asked to be vigilant on social media.
“It was said in the advisory that one should stay away from friend requests, chats or calls of unknown people.”
The army is conducting social media awareness campaigns through the respective branches. In this campaign, military personnel are being told through lectures, what precautions should be taken to maintain a healthy presence on social media.
Soldiers should not do these activities on social sites:-
- Don’t join any unknown whatsapp group.
- Do not use photo in uniform as profile pic on WhatsApp/Facebook.
- Do not expose official identity on social sites like some soldiers add that they are working in Indian Army.
- Don’t upload pictures with weapon on such sites even in civil uniform.
- Do not reveal your rank, unit name and location or anything related to your work.
- Do not accept friend request from unknowns.
- Soldiers families should also avoid to upload pic of their son/daughter with uniform and they also should not post/mention their profession on sites.
- Don’t upload any picture which contain anything related to military i.e don’t upload pic with military background.
- Do not store/ save any information related to military in computer/laptops.
- Do not click advertisements on social sites for prizes/awards.
- don’t click on any unknown link.