Instant messaging service, WhatsApp has officially enabled two-step verification for all its users for ‘enhancing security by providing a safe and secure app’. The statement was formally released by the messaging app on Friday.
The statement read:
“The two-step verification feature was rolled out on February 10, 2017, to over 1.2 billion WhatsApp users across the globe”
It is an optional feature for everyone who enables it on their devices within the application. The added feature will empower users to protect their accounts with a 6-digit code that is mandatory to enter in order to register their contact number with WhatsApp.
The move will shield the account of the users from unauthorized access as it offers an additional coat of security.
This is how you can enable two-step verification on your device:
Tap on WhatsApp in your phone > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable
It is noteworthy that once a user enables two-step verification, any attempt from an unauthorized source will be required to enter the code to verify the phone number.
WhatsApp also gives its entire user base an added option of entering their email addresses once they enable two-step verification. In case a user forgets his 6-digit code, WhatsApp will send a link to the user through email to disable the verification. The messaging app highly recommends providing an authentic email address so that a user does not get locked out of his account.
There will be chances that you might receive an email from WhatsApp to disable two-step verification; even if you have not asked for it. In that case, be super vigilant and refrain from clicking on the link. There will be possibilities that someone may have attempted to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.
This new feature was available to beta testers last year in November. However, it is now rolled out to all 1.2 billion service users.
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