With more than 1 billion active users every month, WhatsApp is one of the essential applications and is present in virtually all smartphones. Also in iOS is one of the most popular , although it has rivals like the app Messages from Apple.
One of the issues that most concern users is privacy, and that is why WhatsApp last year implemented end-to-end encryption to protect conversations and files in addition to video calls .
As we told you in November, the company began testing a new two-step verification system that adds an additional layer of security. He has been testing it in the beta versions, and finally today it is for everyone.
WhatsApp verification comes in two steps
This new system allows greater protection, since it requires the authorization of the user. Why in two steps? The first of them is something that we see in many other services: the authentication of the account via SMS or call .
The second is a novelty, because it is a code of 6 digits generated by the user. As Voltaico's colleagues report , WhatsApp will request this code periodically and this will become the key needed to activate the account from other devices.
To activate 2-step verification we must first update the app to the latest version. Once done, just open WhatsApp and follow the path "Configuration> Account> 2-step verification> Enable". We can also associate an email account , which will serve to disable this feature.
But know that in case we want to register our number but we do not have the code and we have not provided an email, we will be forced to wait 7 days to activate the WhatsApp account. Messages sent to us during this time will be lost.
If 30 days pass without verification, the application will restart our account and we will be "new" users again. All this is to protect our accounts from possible thefts . Do you think a good measure?