WhatsApp further tightens its security with two-factor authentication

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After several months of waiting for this feature since it was last announced last year, WhatsApp is finally ready to release two-step verification to each of its over 1.2 billion users on iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

Two- factor authentication or 2-step verification adds additional security to an account by asking the user for a secondary method of authentication to access it. In most cases apart from your password which provides the first piece of authentication, the platform also sends you a code sent via SMS/text message often acts as the second layer of security. This is the kind of security that WhatsApp wants to bring to its 1.2 billion users, you should have the feature now, although it may require you to update the app before you can access it.

For WhatsApp users, there are no SMS complexities, the first piece of authentication comes from you using the app on your mobile device, and the second is a six-digit passcode you’ll create once you enable the feature.

How to switch on WhatsApp’s Two Factor authentication?

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When you get the latest version of WhatsApp, you can enable the feature, by opening WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable. Whatapp says that every seven days, you’ll be required to enter the passcode to log in to the app although you won’t, have to enter it each time.