WhatsApp is trying to make their customers safe and secure day by day.
Big technological companies like Google, Facebook has always encouraged users to enable two-step verification for security reasons.The hijackers get track of your account details by diverting the OTP that comes as the text message when a user starts an account. There have been various cases of similar hijacking in various messaging platforms like Telegram, Viber, and even WhatsApp.
So to fix this security issue, WhatsApp has launched a new method to secure your WhatsApp account.This means that a hijacker can’t attack a victim’s account by just knowing the victim’s phone number and hacking techniques. The company guarantees that once the two-step verification is enabled, it protects your phone number from being added to a different device.
WhatsApp already encrypts conversations and make sure your data stays private. The new two-step verification feature will make it harder for other people to use your account.
The feature was available for WhatsApp beta testers this November but is now rolling out to all 1.2 billion users. To avail this the user has to update WhatsApp to the latest update. It is an optional yet necessary feature to make your account secure. has also rolled out this feature for iOS WhatsApp and Windows phones too. The process is same for every operating system.
To Enable WhatsApp Two-Step Verification, do the following steps:
1.Launch the WhatsApp Messenger App on your device
2.Open the Menu by tapping on the vertical three dot icon and choose settings from the drop down.
3.From the settings page, access the Account section.
4.In Account page, we will see the option for two-step verification as the third row.
5.Tap on it and it will take you to the two-step verification page and tap on enable.
Upon enabling this feature, you can also enter your email address so that WhatsApp can revert back to you if you forget your passcode.This email address will also be used to send a link and disable the two-step verification.
WhatsApp advises you to give an exact email address so that you don’t get locked out of the account.If you receive an email asking for disabling the two-step verification which you haven’t asked for it means that some hijacker is trying to use your account.
6.After enabling, a six digit passcode is asked. Hit “NEXT” and you are all set to go.
This six digit passcode authorizes the reconfiguration of your WhatsApp account in a new phone.
Tips for creating the WhatsApp passcode
Never, I repeat, Never use the first or last 6 numbers of your phone number, or your birth date or birth date of any of your loved ones. It is one of the terrible choices and hijackers can easily get those passcodes.
7. After hitting NEXT, the below page appears which allows the user to change passcode, email address or even disable the two-step verification
Immediately after entering the two-step verification six digit passcode we would worry if we forget the passcode. WhatsApp provides a solution for this problem too.
If you have two-step verification activated, your number will not be allowed to re-verify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp without your six digit passcode.
Thus, if you have doubt about your own passcode and did not give an email to disable two-step verification, still you will not be allowed to re-verify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp.
After these 7 days, your number will be permitted to re-verify on WhatsApp without your passcode, but you will lose all pending messages upon re-verifying – they will be deleted. If your number is re-verified on WhatsApp after 30 days of last using WhatsApp, and without your passcode, your account will be deleted and a new one will be created upon successfully re-verifying.
Even though the new feature is trying to make your account secure but it might be unmanageable as well. WhatsApp does not verify the email address that is provided so it becomes an open ground for pranksters. There are even chances of a vulnerability of unwanted promotional emails and security threats. WhatsApp itself gives the risk of deletion of chat if the user re-verifies the account after 7 days without a six digit passcode.
There is even a risk of account deletion if the user does not re-verify the account until 30 days. Of course, there will be the annoying pop-up for passcode remembering exercises and there is no method for disabling this irritating prompt without disabling the two-step verification as such.