WhatsApp users are witnessing an option for two-factor authentication option in their settings folder, but it beta stage. As this feature has gone live in the most recent betas of the app (2.13.341 and above), and has also been seen in the Windows Phone beta. Finally, WhatsApp has added two-step verification in its latest beta versions on Android and Windows Phone. Here is everything you need to know about the APK.
The WhatsApp two-factor verification or authentication code might seem inconvenient, but otherwise provides a crucial line of defense against criminals who might try to clone your phone, convincing a carrier to assign your phone number to their new mobile device. Without that two-factor protections, all that’s required to register a WhatsApp account on a new device is a confirmation message – since those messages sent to all devices registered under your number, it’s trivial to break if the attacker has cloned your phone.
The same feature was rumored in the past, and this would be the fist time a functional and valid version has been made available to download for users of WhatsApp Android and Windows Phone. iPhone version of sucxh app on its way.
How to Activate WhatsApp two-factor authentication
However, this adds more security to your account of WhatsApp on your device. When you have two-step verification enabled, any attempt to verify your phone number on it must be accompanied by the six-digit passcode that you created using that feature. Once activated, the app will prompt a user for a static six-digit passcode every time a new phone is registered to the account.
By the way you can add your email address to your account which is an optional one but it can help you a lot if you forgot your two-factor authentication pin, use can use it as a safegaurd.
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Here’s the way to enable WhatsApp two-step verification by heading to Settings > Account > Two-Step Verification > Enable.
This is what WhatsApp on the official site said:
If you have two-step verification enabled, your number will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp without your passcode. Thus, if you forget your own passcode, but did not provide an email to disable two-step verification, even you will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp. 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.
(Download: WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.16.346 APK)
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