Security is paramount. One should endeavour to secure their online accounts at all costs. How often do you review your security options for the different services you are subscribed to? WhatsApp Messenger understands this and that is why they have deployed a two-step verification feature to secure your account. Currently this feature is only available to WhatsApp users running the latest Beta version of the app. we hope to see it getting adapted to the official app in due time together with the video calling feature we wrote about.
Two-step verification allows you to create one more verification step via a passcode that you need to enter. Accessing the feature is not that complicated. Just follow the following steps:
How to activate two-step verification
- Ensure that you have the latest WhatsApp beta version. If not then go ahead and update it. Not that this feature is exclusive to Beta testers only.
- Launch your WhatsApp Beta
- Head over to Settings.
- Then click on the Account
- In the account optionâ€™s setting s click on two-step verification. The following message will pop up:
For added security, enable two-step verification to require a passcode when registering your phone number with WhatsApp.
- Click on the enable option to active it.
- You will then be prompted to enter a six-digit passcode which youâ€™ll be asked for when you register your phone number with WhatsApp.
- You will be required to confirm your passcode in the next dialog box.
- Next you will be prompted to add an email address to your account which will be used to reset your passcode if you forget it so as to safeguard your account.
- You will be also be required to confirm your email address. Note that you can opt not to add an email address by clicking the skip button at the bottom.
Later on you can come back and change your two-step verification code or just disable it completely.