WhatsApp adds two step verification to its mobile apps

Whatsapp just got more secure with its latest update to Windows Phone 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.

Here’s how to enable it on the latest update:

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the app list or Start Screen and navigate to settings > Account.
  2. There will be a new two-step verification option, select that and tap “enable”
  3. Choose a memorable 6 digit passcode and confirm it.
  4. Enter a backup email address when prompted
Ta-da, you have now secured your WhatsApp account from hackers and nefarious parties.

In their FAQ quoted below, WhatsApp lists some of the implications of having two step verification enabled:

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.

In essence, just don’t  lose your password and you’ll be just fine. You can download WhatsApp from the store link below:

WhatsApp
WhatsApp
Developer: WhatsApp Inc.
Price: Free

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