Heads up, WhatsApp users: Now you can add an additional layer of security to your account to protect it from prying eyes.
The Facebook-owned chat app on Thursday announced it has started rolling out two-step verification to its 1.2 billion users across iPhone, Android, and Windows. Two-step verification is an optional but recommended feature, which makes your account more secure.
"When you have two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on WhatsApp must be accompanied by the six-digit passcode that you created using this feature," the WhatsApp support team wrote in a FAQ page about the new feature.
To enable two-step verification, open WhatsApp, select Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
When setting up two-step verification on WhatsApp, you can optionally enter your email address. This way, if you ever forget your six-digit passcode, WhatsApp can email you a link to disable two-step verification.
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"We highly recommend you provide an accurate email address so that you're not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode," the team wrote.
If you ever receive an email to disable two-step verification, but didn't request it, do not click on the link, WhatsApp warned. It could mean that someone is attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.
The new security feature comes after WhatsApp last month denied that its app provides a "backdoor" to encrypted texts in response to a report published by The Guardian. The report, citing cryptography and security researcher Tobias Boelter, suggested a security vulnerability within WhatsApp could be used by government agencies as a backdoor to snoop on users.
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