WhatsApp injects added security with two-factor authentication

Now all users on iOS, Windows and Android can activate an optional security measure

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WhatsApp injects added security with two-factor authentication To activate the feature, users will need to access Settings > Account > enable Two-step verification.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 12, 2017

WhatsApp has upped the security on its messaging service with a new two-step verification process for all of its 1.2 billion users.

Since November 2016, WhatsApp had been testing out the two-factor authentication feature in stages and it was only available to Android and Windows, but this will now be added to iOS beta builds.

To activate the feature, users will need to access Settings > Account > enable Two-step verification. Once completed, users will enter a six-digit security code, as well as their phone number for either a text or call verification.

On top of this, users will need to long in to the app every seven days where they will need to re-enter their security code.

WhatsApp said in a statement: "After seven 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."

Furthermore, if a user forgets their security code, they will need to register their email address.

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