“WhatsApp just became a safer chat platform” said the company on Friday after adding two-step verification to the extremely popular Free App. The security feature has been available in the beta version of WhatsApp for a long time,  but on Friday it was released to the public.

WhatApp Two-Fator-Authentication

Two-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security to the account by requiring a secondary method of authentication to access it. In this case, the first means of authentication comes from the app itself and the second is a six-digit passcode which you will have to create once you enable the feature.

To enable the feature, open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.

How to enable two-factor authentication in WhatsApp
How to enable two-factor authentication in WhatsApp

To help users remember their passcodes, WhatsApp will periodically ask you to enter your passcode while you’re using the app. This may seem like a hassle but sources claim that the app will only ask for the passcode once in seven days.