WhatsApp was beta testing two-step verification procedure since November 2016, and has finally rolled it out on Android, iOS and Windows apps.
“Any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit passcode that you created using this feature.”
The two-step verification will have a six digit pass-code. Each time you switch phones, you will be prompted for that code. This makes it quite difficult for people to access another person’s WhatsApp account.
Users can also link an email address to their WhatsApp account in case they forget their passcode and it needs to be reset. Linking your email will also make it harder to attempt a breach into your account. WhatsApp will also prompt users for their passcode sparingly. This feature cannot be turned off as of yet.
WhatsApp claims that there will be no email being sent to users to ask for confirmation; so it’s important to ignore any such emails.
“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.”
WhatsApp’s two-step verification is an optional feature. You can turn it on or off by going to Settings, Account, and two-step verification. An important thing to note is that you will have to make do with your passcode for 7 days before you are able to change it again. As such, it is quite important to keep it at the forefront of your memory. You may not be able to access it again until you reset it via your email.
This is not the first time WhatsApp has took action to ensure the safety of users’ accounts. Last year, they released an end-to-end encryption service so that only the sender and receiver are able to read the conveyed messages.
More info can be found on WhatsApp’s FAQ about the new two-step verification feature.