The facebook-owned messaging app was working on two-step verification for the past several months. Now, WhatsApp is officially rolling out the two-step verification for all its users on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
When you have the feature enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit passcode that you choose,” – WhatsApp said in a statement.
The two-step verification feature was introduced for beta versions of Android and Windows Phone apps in November last year, and now the 1.2 billion users are now shielded by a much higher security option.
What is Two-Step Verification Security?
The Two-step verification comes to WhatsApp users as an optional feature that adds more security to your account. The security feature double checks over any attempt to verify your phone number on App, i.e. when you have the feature enabled the registration process will be accompanied by the six-digit passcode of your choice.
How to enable two-step verification?
You can enable two-step verification by opening WhatsApp :
Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
WhatsApp rolled out full end-to-end encryption for all communications last year so, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats.
How to Recover two-step verification code?
Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your two-step verification code, WhatsApp will help you recover it. You can optionally add the email address to your account which will be used to reset your passcode if you forget it and safeguard your account. But WhatsApp says that it does not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy so it is recommended you provide an accurate email address so that you’re not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode.
They’ve also said that it does not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy so it is recommended you provide an accurate email address so that you’re not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode.
The new feature will be available to all 1.2 billion WhatsApp users across iPhone, Android and Windows.