WhatsApp introduces new feature for enhanced security

WhatsApp has finally started to roll out two-step verification process to allow for an extra layer of security of your account.

WhatsApp is the world's largest messaging platform with over 1.2 billion active users.

"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. WhatsApp will send you a link that will disable 2FA on your account, but the email can also serve as a warning if someone is trying to access your account. Create a 6-digit passkey that you can remember easily. The feature is optional on WhatsApp though it is highly recommended that you go for it.

How to enable WhatsApp two-step verification? How many of you have enabled it already on your phone? Post enabling this feature, users will need to enter their chosen WhatsApp passcode, and optionally provide an email address so that they can recover their account even if they forget the passcode.

If you attempt to verify your phone number after about a month of last using WhatsApp, but do not use the passkey, your existing WhatsApp account will be deleted and a new one will be automatically created.

To help users keep their passcodes fresh in their minds, "WhatsApp will periodically ask you to enter your passcode" while you're using the app.

Two-step verification is a simple yet proven technique to secure an account and has been adopted by nearly all service providers such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook to name just a few.

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