The WhatsApp two-step verification security feature, which had been under testing for several months, is finally being rolled out to all users of the app, to enhance the security of users’ accounts.
With this feature, those who use WhatsApp on Android, iPhone, and Windows platforms will be able to verify their number when they install the app on a new device more securely. Users will have to provide a six-digit passcode (created by them using this feature) when registering your phone number with WhatsApp again - or any attempt to verify their phone number through the app.
The instant messaging WhatsApp has been working on two-step verification for the past several months.
In order to enable the optional WhatsApp security feature, users have to open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable, the company said in its release. After 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.
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 chooseWhatsApp’ statement
Further, If you have WhatsApp two-step verification enabled, your phone number will not be permitted to reverify on the app within seven days of last using WhatsApp without your passcode.
This means that if you forget your own passcode, and did not provide an email to disable WhatsApp two-step verification, even you will not be permitted to reverify on the app within seven days of last using it, the company says.
The new feature will be available to all 1.2 billion WhatsApp users across iPhone, Android and Windows.