The most popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp messenger continues to beef security with the latest feature being two-step verification. The new feature was rolled out to the entire WhatsApp user base. The feature allows for an additional security layer which requires a six-digit passcode when registering or re-registering WhatsApp messenger
Enabling WhatsApp two-step verification
To enable WhatsApp two-step verification, simply go to Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable. After you enable WhatsApp two-step verification, you will be asked to provide an optional email address which will be used for recovery in case you forget your passcode (TIP: Make you sure you provide a valid email). The feature can be disabled at any time should the user decide to stop using two-step verification.
Note: You will occasionally be asked to enter your verification passcode. There is no option to disable this feature.
Most people have a rather worrying do not care attitude toward internet security. However, it need not be that way. With apps like WhatsApp now occupying an anchoring role in most of our lives, we need to take cyber security more seriously. This is just one of the many reasons why every user of the app should activate two-step verification on the messaging platform.
Two-step verification everywhere else
Internet security is kind of a cascading system. One vulnerability in a single account could affect everything else. Using WhatsApp two-step verification does not guarantee safety, especially if one does not secure all other accounts that might be associated with the particular app. Two-step security verification is great as it decentralizes authentication hence you should use it whenever and wherever you can. Google also introduced two-step authentication some time back so if you are going to use you Gmail as your WhatsApp passcode recovery email then you might as well use the Google two-step authentication. It’s good practice.
WhatsApp have given a warning message to all of its users, read the message below;
If you receive an email to disable two-step verification but did not request this, do not click on the link. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.
Tips on WhatsApp security
While we are at it, here are a few points that could be helpful in helping you stay on the relatively safe side on the most popular instant messaging app that we all so love;
App locks are really great apps that give restriction to very specific apps. We all have the friend that want to see your new phone and ends up going through the entire device like an agent. Lock them out with third party app locks. There is a barrage of them around, choose one that works well for you.
Beware of scams
Let it be known that WhatsApp will never at any point send you any ‘WhatsApp message’ or ask you to send or confirm your security passcode via email. If you receive any email asking for your passcode it definitely a scam.
Log out of WhatsApp Web
For those that love using WhatsApp web, always remember to log out of the app when you leave your PC. A little too often I’ve seen people use their work computers (which they happen to share with 20 other users) for WhatsApp web. If you are going to do this remember it is extremely important to log out after use.