Are you a smartphone user who uses a minimum of one WhatsApp account to stay in touch with your friends and family? If so, then you must have a look at the new security features of this messaging App giant to understand what is it that you will have to do in order to continue using the App and how it affects your WhatsApp account access.
WhatsApp new version rolled out for Android, iOS and Windows users of two-step verification as a new security feature. These features which were getting tested since November last year, have been rolled out for setting up accounts in a different phone.
Steps to Turn on Two-Step Verification
- Users will have to log into WhatsApp, navigate to Settings, then Account and enable Two-step verification.
- Users will need to enter a six-digit security code in addition to their phone number and text message or voice call verification.
- Once the security code it set, users will be prompted to enter their security code once every seven days.
- If users forget their security code, they can register an email address with WhatsApp and use it to turn off two-step verification.
These features though are introduced to make WhatsApp messages more secure, have faced a lot of criticism. Here are the points that according to experts make the new features a little cumbersome to use.
- You will not be able to Access WhatsApp for 7 Days if you forget your 6 digit code and have not assigned an e-mail address: It is optional to add an e-mail address as a backup while setting up the 6 digit code. However, if you forget your code, and have no valid e-mail assigned, you will be locked out of your account for 7 days. So please remember to add a valid e-mail address that you use while activating the two-step verification.
- The risk of Getting Your WhatsApp Account Deleted: If you re-verify your number on WhatsApp after 7 days of last using the app and do not remember the old passcode, your WhatsApp account will be automatically deleted. Although a new account will be created once you verify your number, there’s the risk of your account and all your chats getting deleted, unless you regularly back them up.
- Potential Risk of Your E-mail Account Security: Although including e-mail address is optional (advisable to add an e-mail address to stay safe from 7 days lock out of account), there is a risk of exposing your e-mail address to potential security threats. WhatsApp does not verify the e-mail address added however, there is the risk of receiving unwanted or junk promotional e-mails.
- You will be prompted to enter your Passcode Every Week to Retain Account Access: Probably the most irritating feature added in this new version is the weekly prompt to enter the passcode to retain access to your account. Though this feature might have been added to ensure one does not forget the passcode or as a protection against account theft, this is undoubtedly going to be the cause of irritation to have to key in the passcode every 7 days.