WhatsApp wants to make sure your private data is safe. The messaging app started to roll out two-step verification this week.
Two-step verification adds am extra layer of security to your account for users of Android, iOS and Windows. With the feature enabled, if you or anyone else trying to access your phone number on WhatsApp – a 6-digit passcode needs to be entered. In order to activate this feature, you need to head on to Settings>Account>Two-step verification and tap on Enable.
When creating a passcode to secure your account, be sure to add your email address (it’s not mandatory) just in case you forget/lose your password. The email address can be use when you need to disable two-step verification.
Strangely, WhatsApp will not run email addresses through any sort of confirmation or verification process, so it’s recommended you provide “an accurate email address so that you are not locked out of your account if you forget your passcode.”
If you don’t provide an email in case you need to disable two-step verification, even you won’t be allowed to re-verify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp. After the 7 days have passes, your will be able to re-verify without a passcode, but will all your pending messages will be lost.