Ever since the “Kik Points” digital currency system was implemented in Kik Messenger, users have been clamoring for more points to spend on their favorite cosmetic features and chat upgrades available for point exchange. Unfortunately, this has drawn the interest of users able to hack the Kik Messenger application to essentially create a “points generator” system. Not only is this a poor idea for users to engage in, but it can result in a swift ban from the Kik app if you’re discovered doing it.
Before delving into the nuance of this problematic situation, it’s important to know the landscape of the situation itself. Answers to important questions will help you to know more about this trend, and why it exists in the first place. Why are Kik Points useful? Why is it worthwhile to amass a large amount of them, on a single account? What is allowing users to hack Kik Messenger in the first place, to carry out this task?
Hacking smartphone applications is not a recent trend. Rather, it’s been around since people began using smartphones at all, and before that, it existed on other platforms, localized around applications and programs that users make frequent use of. Social media applications have been riddled with hackers for decades; what they’re doing to popular chat platforms like Kik Messenger is ‘nothing new under the sun.’
In this article, we’ll focus on how this trend can affect you as a Kik user. We’ll begin by examining the Kik points system, and then examine the several ways that hackers are managing to exploit it.
Why Are Kik Points Important?
The first and easiest answer to this question is, “They’re not!” This may not be the answer that many of you were expecting to read, so some explanation is in order. With many digital currencies, some form of trade is opened up between users. Either the digital currency itself is able to be traded, or digital items purchased with it can be exchanged between participants in the currency system.
With Kik, neither of these is the case.
- Kik Points have a very simple function within the popular messaging platform, and that is to allow users to enhance their own chat experience. This makes the Kik Points system comparatively simpler than many others that it might be compared to since no trading between users is even a function of the points. This is not to say that other users aren’t affected by Kik Points purchases you might make; they are, and I will elaborate on that shortly.
- Within Kik’s web browser, (the little globe in the corner of the main page, if you’ve never used it) tap over to the “Discover More Webpages” section of the app, and select the “Smiley Shop.” You’ve just found your way to the spending hub for Kik Points currency. As the Kik Points system is currently still in its “beta” stage, there currently isn’t another place to spend them on the Kik application. This instantly reveals the motivation for hacking the Kik Points system; to be able to purchase more from the Smiley Shop without legitimately accruing the points in the first place.
For users that use Kik Messenger more casually, this may seem like a lot of work in order to achieve and receive something of questionable value. For more invested Kik users, and those who utilize its features all-day, every day, the motivation to get as much cosmetic flair and enhancement for their Kik experience as possible becomes more relatable.
How Do I Get Kik Points?
This is another easy question to answer, likely due to the Kik Points system still being in beta testing. Kik Points are earned by participating in certain, Kik-sponsored chat activities. Usually made available as an automated message from the Kik Team, you’ll occasionally receive a chat message inviting you to participate in surveys and other events that can yield a certain amount of Kik Points for your account.
In this way, the number of Kik Points that you can earn is limited by the number of activities and chats that you’re invited to participate in. It keeps users from being able to accrue enough points to purchase everything in the Smiley Shop in one fell swoop, which in turn keeps people participating in sponsored Kik activities. It’s a fairly straightforward system that’s designed to keep your attention in Kik by providing occasional rewards that enhance your chat experience.
While the system is certainly likely to grow in the future, for now, it’s quite simple and easy for any Kik Messenger user to participate in.
The smileys, emoji, and graphics that you receive for trading in your Kik Points can be used when you’re sending messages to friends though they won’t be able to use the same icons until they purchase them from the Smiley Shop. In this way, the purchased graphics help to set you apart as an individual when you’re communicating with others, and make your experience a bit more personalized.
How Are Users Hacking Kik Points?
Further, the next generation of terrorists will grow up in a digital world, with ever more powerful and easy-to-use hacking tools at their disposal.- Dorothy Denning
As I said previously, hacking to gain an unforeseen access or advantage in a program or applications is certainly not a new practice. It’s been around as long as applications have been available to hack, and it’s a regular frustration that developers and coders have to work around for as long as an app is in existence. Those frequent patches and updates that you’re encouraged to install on a regular basis for all of your smartphone apps? Not all of these can be attributed to user-found exploits, but a certain number of them always can.
It should also be known that exploiting an application (or worse, its servers) in order to gain access to something that you’re not supposed to will most frequently going to result in a swift and decisive ban if you’re caught. That entails the loss of one’s account and everything attached to it, from Kik Points to contacts, chat logs to browsing history. Even though this type of activity is rampant, it’s always ill-advised to participate in it, for the sake of the weighty reprimand that it can prompt.
If you’re looking for proof that such hacking is occurring, you certainly won’t have to look far. A cursory glance on Youtube reveals several videos purporting to be able to grant you thousands of Kik Points simply by entering your unique username and completing a short survey.
Do yourself a favor, however, and stop right there. We’ve already written an extensive article about security and privacy in Kik Messenger. Among the myriad bits of advice given, one stands above the rest: do not distribute your unique username to people that you don’t trust.
If it doesn’t seem particularly safe to paste your identity into a browser window that feels like it might be a scam, then your instincts are right on the money. Any service apart from Kik Messenger itself that requests your unique username could very easily be attempting to either gain access to your account or use your profile outside of your own knowledge.
Users are typically using two methods in order to exploit Kik Messenger to gain all of these points. They either modify the base code of the application to make your profile receive automated invitations for Kik-point awarding activities more frequently, or interfere with the connection to the Kik servers in order to replicate the same result.
The first of these two methods requires “root access” to a mobile device, an inadvisable process which will make all manner of warranties void. Injecting your own code or changing base operations of any applications or software can cause irreparable damage to the functioning of your mobile device. Regardless, some users are utilizing this access to provide themselves with a greater number of Kik Point opportunities within the application.
What Might Happen if I Hack Kik?
Though it’s impossible to predict the individual results that each person might experience, the potential fallout from something going wrong almost always outweighs the cursory benefit that you might gain from hacking an application. In the case of Kik and its Kik Points, all that you stand to gain is a digital currency that can be used to purchase emojis.
What you stand to lose, however, is access to your account entirely. This would mean that you need to start your entire Kik experience over from scratch, which is an exceptional inconvenience, don’t you think? Worse, if you’re actually attempting to modify the base code of the Kik application, you could risk extensive damage not only to the app but to the mobile device that’s hosting it.
Hacking isn’t going away anytime soon, and nor are the struggles that developers must constantly face to circumvent it. In Kik Messenger, this hacking is by no means limited to the Kik Points feature, but it crops up fairly often as an exploit that many users are willing to take advantage of.
Have you run into offers and methods to hack Kik Messenger, in order to gain exorbitant amounts of Kik points? Tell your tale in the comments below!