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Can you spy on Telegram? 2021 Methods Hackers Use


Telegram might not be as secure as it sounds. Here are the methods hackers can use to spy on you, and how to defend yourself against them.

The security of its users is the main asset of Telegram to fight against rivals like WhatsApp, or at least in that aspect its creator Pavel Durov constantly takes refuge. Without going any further, the CEO of Telegram began 2021 by emphasizing that WhatsApp is not a secure communication platform, a statement that we have already heard from him on several occasions.

Okay, the Facebook-owned messaging app may not be that secure, but is Telegram really? Are your conversations as protected as they seem? In this guide we review the methods hackers can use to spy on you on Telegram, something very dangerous if we take into account the private data that you share through the service.

In addition to knowing these methods, we will see how can you know if they are spying on you on Telegram and what are the security tools offered by the platform to protect you against this possible espionage.

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First thing: Is it possible to spy on Telegram?

Methods to spy on Telegram

These methods of spying on hackers put the security of Telegram into question.

The answer is clear: yes, it is possible to spy on Telegram, and also illegal. Hackers can use various methods, some simpler and others more complicated, to access your account and, thus, all the conversations you have on the messaging platform.

Knowing that yes, spying on Telegram is a possibility, it is time to see what security the service uses to protect your private information.

What kind of security does Telegram include?

As explained by Telegram on its website, the platform uses the MTProto protocol to ensure that the security of the messages is not incompatible with sending them at high speed and reliability even on weak connections.

Further, Telegram has two layers of secure encryption. First of all, it has a server-client encryption that acts on chats in the cloud, both individual and group.

In addition, in the case of secret chats, it is added a second layer of client-client encryption that allows the exchanged content to be even more secure. On the other hand, Telegram adds the following:

The process is based on 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, RSA 2048 encryption, and Diffie-Hellman secure key exchange.

Following the explanations of Telegram, its messaging platform it is one of the safest you can use, especially when compared to WhatsApp or Line -they are specifically mentioned-. However, there are several methods hackers can use to access your Telegram conversations.

What ways are there to spy on Telegram?

As much as it boasts of security, and however much end-to-end encryption it has, Telegram is not infallible. Next, we see the most common options that can use hackers to spy on your account. We repeat, they are real methods, but not for that reason legal.

Spyware

Malicious applications used by hackers

One way to get spied on Telegram is to use computer software.

One of the best known methods to spy on another user's Telegram account, and their mobile phone in general, is install programs and applications in the terminal specifically dedicated to it. For example, mSpy is a software that was born with the aim of monitoring children's phones, but clearly it can be misused.

With the installation of this type of program on your mobile, the hacker can see everything you do with it, including how you talk on Telegram and all the information you exchange with other users.

As a positive point, you should know that hackers need direct access to your phone to install these types of applications. There is also a negative detail, and that is that they are invisible programs whose presence you will not be able to perceive on your mobile, which makes its discovery extremely difficult.

Open Telegram web sessions

You are at work, in the library or using a friend's computer to reply to pending messages via Telegram web. Then, when finished, you forget that you were using the platform and you turn off the computer with the session still open. When someone else uses the PC, they will have direct access to your Telegram account and can spy on you without you noticing.

Although it may seem silly, leaving Telegram web open on a computer can play a trick on you, so you must pay special attention to logging out before turning off the device. In this case, the main responsibility is on you.

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Access your computer remotely

Using Telegram on your computer is possible through the web version and the desktop version. It is always safer than using it on someone else's computer, as we have seen before, but there is an option that endangers the privacy of your conversations even if you use Telegram on your PC.

We refer to remote access to your computer by hackers, again using software developed specifically for this function. Through this remote access to your computer, hackers can see everything you do with the device and also control it. If you use Telegram on your computer, they could see your chats without any problem and all the personal information you share on them.

How to make Telegram more secure

Although there are computer spy programs against which you can do little, in addition to formatting your mobile or computer, there are some tools and practices that can help you make Telegram more secure.

Make the most of security settings

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Telegram security also depends on you.

One of the main differences between WhatsApp and Telegram is that the latter offers more tools for users related to security and privacy. Accessing Settings> Privacy and security, you can configure functions such as who can see your phone number, your profile photos or who can call you.

Also, you can also create a lock code which must be entered every time you want to use the app and enable two-step verification.

Another Telegram tool that makes espionage difficult by hackers is the secret chat, whereby you can chat with another user with certain security advantages. For example, messages are not saved in the cloud, they self-destruct and their content never appears in notifications.

Without a doubt, one of the best ways to protect yourself against espionage is to use the tools that Telegram offers you. From here we encourage you to try each one of them to know what they can offer you.

Always close open sessions

We have already told you before, but we repeat it again because it is something extremely important. Remember always close the Telegram web session when you use the platform from a computer that is not yours.

It seems like an unimportant thing, but if you don't close access to your username, you give other people direct access to all your chats. Just click on the button with three horizontal lines in the upper left corner, enter Settings and click on "Close session".

Log out of Telegram web

From settings you can log out of Telegram web.

Beware of public networks

Finally, the last recommendation we make to avoid being spied on Telegram is to be very careful when you connect to public networks, such as those in bars, airports or shopping centers. Anyone with some advanced computer knowledge can explore the connection between your device and the public network and intercept all shared information, including all that of Telegram.

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How do I know if they are spying on me right now?

Ok, all the information we have discussed so far is very important, but how can you really know if they are spying on you on Telegram? As in WhatsApp, in Telegram you can see a list with all active sessions on your account.

It is enough to enter this menu and analyze each of the sessions to know if they are all yours or if there is an infiltrator. If you suspect the danger of some of the sessions listed, you just have to close it. Follow these steps to access open Telegram sessions and delete the untrusted ones:

  1. Open Telegram.
  2. Swipe the left side menu and click on "Settings".
  3. Click on "Privacy & Security".
  4. In the "Security" section, touch "Active sessions".
  5. Analyze each of them and tap on a session to close it if it seems dangerous to you.

Remember the importance of this function every time you think you are being spied on Telegram. On the other hand, if you continuously perceive suspicious behavior from your account or directly from your phone, they may have installed a monitoring program to spy on you, as we have seen before. In this case, just format the mobile to remove any application of these characteristics.