WhatsApp Adds Two-Step Verification For Android, iPhones, Windows
WhatsApp Adds Two-Step Verification
Popular Messaging app Whatsapp has now added support for Two-Step Verification for additional security for its user.The feature has been under testing for a couple of months and will now be included with the latest update supporting all mobile platforms.
While this implementation isn’t like two-factor authentication with Google or Facebook, which generates a code with an app or sends one via text. You’ll have to remember your WhatsApp passcode, or you can set-up a backup email, which will allow you to disable two-factor on your account if you ever forget your six-digit passcode. You can also disable two-factor from within the app, without a passcode.
If activated, users will need to enter a six-digit security code in addition to their phone number and text message or voice call verification. They will also be asked to enter their security code once every seven days. Should users forget their security code, they can register an email address with WhatsApp and use it to turn off two-step verification.
How To enable Two-Step Verification For Whatsapp
Given that you have updated to the latest version of WhatsApp all you need to is
- Open WhatsApp
- Go to Settings
- Go to Account
- Look for Two-step verification
- Tap on Enable
- On the next screen, enter a six-digit passcode.
- Next, re-enter six-digit passcode.
- Optionally, add your email address on the next screen.
In case you forget your six digit passcode Whatsapp won’t allow re-verifying your account within seven days of last using WhatsApp.
as mentioned over at WhatsApp FAQ
If you have two-step verification enabled, your number will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp without your passcode. Thus, if you forget your own passcode, but did not provide an email to disable two-step verification, even you will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp. After these 7 days, 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. If your number is reverified on WhatsApp after 30 days of last using WhatsApp, and without your passcode, your account will be deleted and a new one will be created upon successfully reverifying.
The optional security feature will significantly increase the issues for a third-party trying to take over a user’s account