WhatsApp Gets Two-Step Verification In Android, iPhones, And Windows
Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Friday has announced that it has started rolling out a two-step verification for all platforms users such as Android, iPhones, and Windows. The new security feature when enabled ensures a more secure activation of the app on any new device. The WhatsApp’s two-step verification security feature had been under testing for several months and had rolled out first on the beta testers during November last year. Now it is finally being rolled out to all platform users of the app.
With the new feature, those who use WhatsApp on Android, iPhone, and Windows platforms would be able to check their number when they install the WhatsApp on a new device with even more security. Users would have to provide a six-digit passcode (created by them using this feature) when registering your phone number with WhatsApp again or in any attempt to verify their phone number through the app.
So primarily if you want to have the two-step verification in, then you need head to the WhatsApp-> Settings -> Account-> Two-step verification->Enable. As soon as you enable the feature, you would need to enter a passcode of choice and provide an email address optionally to help in recovering your account whenever you forget that passcode.
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“This email address would allow the WhatsApp to send you a link via email to such that to disable the two-step verification in case if you ever forget the six-digit passcode, and also to help in safeguard your account,” the company said on its FAQ page for the new security feature.
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Notably, WhatsApp has stated that it does not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy and therefore provide a genuine one if you don’t want to get locked out of your account. Additionally, if you have WhatsApp’s two-step verification enabled, your phone number would not be permitted to reverify on the app with next seven days of last using WhatsApp without that passcode.
“After these seven days, your number would be allowed to reverify on WhatsApp without your passcode, but you would lose all the pending messages upon reverifying, and they would be deleted. If your number gets reverified on WhatsApp after 30 days of last using WhatsApp, and without your passcode, your account would be removed, and a new one would be created upon successfully reverifying,” the company added.