WhatsApp enables two-step verification in its latest beta release for both Android and Windows phone. This allows popular messaging service to offer better security for its users.
Previously, you would need to confirm your phone number with a text message on your device, but the new feature adds a 6-digit password to help you add an extra layer of security for your WhatsApp account.
People who have already got the latest beta version of WhatsApp can now enable the two-step verification feature on their phones. In your WhatsApp account, go to Settings, hit ‘Account’ and finally tap on ‘Two-step verification’ to start the process.
WhatsApp also says that it will periodically ask you to re-enter your password to make things a little more secure. Thus, imposters will not be able to operate your WhatsApp account without entering the passcode or having access to your email. Once WhatsApp enables two- step verification on your device, you can disable the feature by changing passcode or the associated email address from the Settings.
According to WhatsApp, there are some things to keep in mind, however:
“If you have two-step verification enabled, your number will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp without your passcode.”
In view of this, you must add an email address if you don’t want to be stuck without using WhatsApp for a whole week. Also, make sure that the email address is genuine as WhatsApp will not verify it, though it lets you enter the email twice before WhatsApp enables two-step verification on your phone.
This may seem like a minor update, but it’s an essential feature to keep your account from falling into the wrong hands. While currently available as a beta version, two-step verification will soon make its way to the official release.
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