“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.
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.
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.