Making the platform more secure, the Facebook-owned Whatsapp announced its two-step authentication integration to the app, after introducing end-to-end chat encryption. The security feature had been under testing for several months for Android, iOS and Windows platforms, started in early November.
The company touted that users can now verify their numbers more securely. It explained that to enable the feature users will have to rush at the ‘Settings’ option of the app and visit ‘Account’, where the Two-step verification could be enabled. The users with having the feature enabled in their smartphones will have to provide a six-digit code (created earlier) when registering the device in order to an attempt to verify the phone number through the app. Users can also optionally provide an email ID to recover forgotten passcodes.
“This email address will allow WhatsApp to send you a link via email to disable two-step verification in case you ever forget your six-digit passcode, and also to help safeguard your account,” the company says on the FAQ page for the feature.
However, the app doesn’t verify the email address provided to confirm its accuracy, hence, it is recommended that the users enter their email address accurately. As if one enters wrong email ID and forgets the passcode, it might end up locked out of the account. But it won’t get locked permanently because the company also offers a feature to deal with such cases and the users who won’t provide an email address. The company says that a number won’t get permitted to reverify within a week of the last using the app without your passcode.
“After these 7 days, your number will be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp without your passcode, but you will lose all pending messages upon reverifying – they will be deleted. If your number is reverified 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 reverifying,” it added.
Stats suggest that currently there are more than 160 million active WhatsApp users in India using the services in 10 different regional languages. In addition, about 100 million calls are being made via the app daily around the world.