WhatsApp is one of the biggest messaging services out there, so it’s a little shocking that it had not supported two-factor authentication. After publicising the feature last November, WhatsApp has released two-step verification to all its 1.2 billion users on iOS, Android, and Windows devices. If you are a WhatsApp user you should have the feature already, though it may require you to update the app before you activate two factor verification.
In case you don’t know what Two Factor Authentication is, it is an extra layer of security that necessitates not only a password and username but also something that only, and only, that user has on them. Two-factor authentication adds in extra security to an online account by wanting a secondary method of authentication to access it. Most of the time a user provides a password for the first factor of authentication, and an alpha-numeric code sent as a text message usually serves as the second factor.
How to enable 2FA in WhatsApp?
Follow the guide to enable multi factor authentication in WhatsApp in order to make it more secure.
Open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
Periodically after seven days, the users will be prompted to enter the passcode to log in to the application. You’ll also need to add an email address that you can use to reset your passcode in the event that you forget it.
The update is gradually rolling out worldwide and the option to enable 2-factor authentication will appear then once the users have the updated version of WhatsApp installed.
Pardon has been a technology enthusiast his entire life and has spent the better part of last decades in information technology and security, and he writes with an aim to remove some of the "mysticism" from the cyber world. He’s the Editor at Techunzipped. Away from the keyboard, you're likely to find him playing with the latest gadgets or the latest Game.