WhatsApp has started rolling out a major security feature — two-step verification — and you should take advantage of it as soon as possible. This extra layer of security was first introduced in beta back in November, but is now being officially rolled out on the iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps. Also Read - WhatsApp COVID-19 relief efforts: How you can get resources during the pandemicAlso Read - Good news! Jio users can now check COVID-19 vaccine slots on WhatsApp - here's how
To start using this security feature, you will first have to update WhatsApp. At the time of filing this story, we haven t received the update yet, so this is likely to be a phased roll out. Once updated, you can head over to Settings -> Account -> Two-step verification to enable the feature. Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your account, the WhatsApp blog reads. When you have two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit passcode that you created using this feature. Also Read - How to recharge your Jio number via WhatsApp
Two-step verification is one of the most widely used security features, and it has been adopted by companies like Twitter, Instagram, Apple, LinkedIn, Google, and Microsoft to name a few. This feature basically adds an additional layer of authentication before giving one access to their account. While WhatsApp was quick to adopt an end-to-end encryption for protecting its messages, it has been uncharacteristically slow to adopt two-step verification. ALSO READ: How WhatsApp turned the conversations of a billion people private with end-to-end encryption
How to use WhatsApp two-step verification
To enable two-step verification, head over to Settings -> Account -> Two-step verification. Once enabled, you will be asked to provide an email address and set a six-digit passcode. This passcode becomes the secondary layer of protection after entering your mobile number. In other words, if someone tries to access your WhatsApp account by entering your mobile number, they won t be able to get far without entering the six-digit code.
To ensure you don t forget the important passcode, WhatsApp will periodically prompt you to enter your passcode. This is also where the optional email id comes into play. In case you forget your passcode, WhatsApp will send a link via email to disable the two-step verification feature.
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