HOW TO PROTECT WHATSAPP WITH TWO-STEP VERIFICATION
A two-step authentication security feature is available in WhatsApp for iOS and Android. In just a few minutes you can make your account even more secure. We show you how to set this up and keep hackers at bay.
Keeping your communication apps secure is an increasingly difficult task these days, mainly thanks to the various scams and hacks that have been taking place. A strong defense against identity thieves is to add two-factor authentication that requires your phone and a security code.
Google, Apple, Twitter, Paypal, Yahoo and others already offer this service and WhatsApp is the latest to join the club. It's an easy way to ensure your messages remain private, and we recommend setting it up right away. Just follow the easy steps in this tutorial and you'll have your account securely closed in just a few minutes.
What is two-step verification?
Traditionally the way you would secure an account is to have a password. While this is fine, it's not that difficult for hackers to get past this particular method, as evidenced by the many email attacks being reported in the news. Companies like LastPass offer stronger password generation and protection, which is certainly worth exploring, but a quick and easy solution is two-factor authentication.
As the name suggests, there are two elements to the process. This usually involves entering your password as normal, and then receiving a text message on your phone that includes a passcode that you'll need to enter as well. It may seem cumbersome at first, but the extra step makes a big difference in the level of protection for your account.
Set up two-step verification on WhatsApp
Enabling two-factor authentication on WhatsApp is very easy. First, check that you are running the latest version of the app. You can do this by going to the Google Play store or the Apple app store and see if there are any pending updates.
If you are running an Android phone, you will need to launch WhatsApp and then tap on the three dots in the top right corner. This opens a menu where you need to select Settings followed by Account > Two-Step Verification > Enable.
For iPhone users, it's a very similar process. Open WhatsApp and then select Settings > Account > Two-Step Verification > Enable.
Next, you will be asked to enter a six-digit access code, then confirm it by entering the number again. It is very important that you remember this number, as it is essentially your new password.
You will then be asked to enter an email address. WhatsApp will use this to send you a link that you can use to disable two-factor authentication if you ever lose or forget your password.
Of course, this is an area where hackers could try to gain access to your account, so WhatsApp notes that unless you directly requested an email to disable your account (or received the initial setup email), then you should not account, click on the links in the emails they may send you, as they could be fake.
That is. Everything is set up and secure. Now when you want to use WhatsApp, you will need to enter the passcode number. It takes a bit of getting used to, but security comes with its costs. Those few extra seconds might seem like an inconvenience now, but losing control of your account can be a huge headache, so we think it's worth the compromise.
If you decide that two-factor authentication isn't for you, you can always turn the feature off by going back to the app and selecting Settings > Account > Two-Step Verification, then choosing the Turn off option.
With your secure account, you can now enjoy the app in private.
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