In a bid to add more security to the users’ account, WhatsApp has unveiled a new feature. In the two-step verification process, the user is asked to enter a random six-digit password, of their own choosing, as and when they set up their account on a new mobile device. This new feature is currently only available for ‘beta testers’. In order to use the two-step verification, the users need to use the beta version of the application from their WhatsApp account. To sign up for the beta version, the user needs to access Google Play Store. Once there, the user will have to go to the WhatsApp page in the Play store in the smartphone and scroll all the way to the bottom. There, one can find an option called ‘sign in as Beta tester’. Sign-up and the user will be accepted as a beta tester in a matter of minutes. When you have the Beta application, open Setting option in WhatsApp. Then go to the account where you can find the two-step verification feature. Click on ‘Enable’, and you will be directed to a page where you have to enter a six-digit passcode. This code is helpful in protection of your account from being used by a different person, as the application will ask for that code when setting up a new account on a new device.
When the function is enabled, you will also have an option to add your email address which can give you further protection. This also serves the purpose that, as soon as the email is linked, it can be used later to get into the account, lest you forget the six-digit password. WhatsApp will send you a link to disable the two-step authentication feature in case you forget the code. However, WhatsApp in its blog said, “We do not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy. We highly recommend you provide an accurate email address so that you’re not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode.” WhatsApp will keep asking users about their code, every once in a while so that the don’t forget it. There is no option to disable this feature without disabling the two-step verification feature.
WhatsApp also 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.”