WhatsApp introduces new feature to help you make your account more secure
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With an aim to make user accounts more secure, WhatsApp has introduced a two-step verification model for users across iPhone, Android and Windows.
Two-step verification is an optional feature that adds more security to your WhatsApp account. “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,” explains WhatsApp.
To enable two-step verification, go to WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
Upon enabling this feature, you can also optionally enter your email address. This email address will allow WhatsApp to send you a link via email to disable two-step verification in case you ever forget your six-digit passcode, and also to help you safeguard your account. WhatsApp, however, does not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy. You, therefore, are suggested to provide an accurate email address so that you are not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode.
“If you receive an email to disable two-step verification, but did not request this, do not click on the link. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp,” warns WhatsApp.
If you have two-step verification enabled, your number will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using it 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.
To help you remember your passcode, WhatsApp will periodically ask you to enter the passcode. There is no option to disable this without disabling the two-step verification feature.
The company has already started rolling out the feature for users across the globe.