WhatsApp has now added a Two-Step Verification feature to its popular messaging app which will allow all of its 1.2 billion users to add another layer of security.
The new feature will be available across all devices that WhatsApp is compatible with, although the rollout will take place in stages so not available to everyone immediately.
It is easy to check if you have the update, simply go to Settings > Account > Two-Step Verification. If you can enable the option, then it is available to you!
The new system works by the user adding a six-digit password to WhatsApp that must be added every time you verify your phone number. Alternatively, there is an option to add an email address that will allow you to disable to password should you forget it.
The developers have said that they don’t verify email addresses so it is important that you ensure that this is correct if you want to continue using the service. Also, from a security point of view you should not click on a link that has been emailed to you without your request.
Another important piece of information that you should know about before enabling the two-step process that your number will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp without your passcode.
So, in case 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.
If you do forget your passcode, we believe that WhatsApp will offer some sort of reminder and you can expect to be asked for your passcode from time to time when using the app.