WhatsApp just got safer with its latest update which shipped out this week. Aside from the user interface changes and improved gif support, WhatsApp also incorporated two-step verification into its Windows Phone, iOS and Android apps in its latest update, making it more secure.
“Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your account. 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,” the company stated in a press release.
The extra layer of security means that it is now more difficult to gain unauthorized access to an account, and it is a feature that is being made available to iOS, Android and Windows users. With the feature enabled, if you – or anyone else, for that matter – tries to verify your phone number on WhatsApp, you – or they – will have to provide the 6-digit passcode you create.
“To access this service, users will need to go to the account settings in the app, find the two-step verification option and press on the enable tab,” reads WhatsApp’s post.
After enabling this feature, the users will also have the option to enter their email address. It’ll be used by WhatsApp to send you a link to disable two-step verification in case you forgot your passcode.
However, if you cannot provide the passcode or the email ID, your WhatsApp account will be inaccessible for 7 days. “After which, your number will be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp without your passcode, but you will lose all pending messages upon reverifying – they will be deleted,” alerted WhatsApp.