Stay Secured: How To Set Two-step Verification In WhatsApp: Social media used to be fun and safe not until hackers took over the cyberspace and made social media and the internet as a whole a danger zone. You are no longer safe with your secret password again.
Social media inventors are aware of this and because they care about their user’s privacy and protection of their details, they topped up their game in oder to knock out these cyber hackers.
In the cause of this, a much more secure means of protecting your accounts on social media was introduced. It is known as two-step verification.
What Is Two-step Verification?
As I mentioned earlier, this is a stronger means of protecting your social media account. Furthermore, Two-step verification has to do with the two-step process which you carry out one after the other that allows you to prove that you are the actual owner of something which you claim to be yours.
Which Platforms Supports Two-step Verification?
The two-step verification is something you must enable if you are using any of the above mention platforms or any other platform that supports it in other to be safe on the internet.
Good news to WhstApp users, the Facebook-owned company has rolled out support for the two-step verification to all users.
This feature was recently rolled out to all WhatsApp users. Before it was just for the Beta testers.
The two-step verification feature is optional that’s why WhatsApp did not make it a compulsory option.
But I strongly recommend you set up the two-step verification WhatsApp feature.
Advantages Of Setting Up Two-step Verification On WhatsApp
There are so many advantages when you set up the two-step verification feature on your WhatsApp account but I will mention just 2 of them and they include:
- Staying 100% Safe on WhatsApp
- Prevent Hackers From Gaining Access To Your Account
Staying 100% Safe on WhatsApp
With two-step verification enabled on your WhatsApp account, you will no longer be worried about people spying on your chat using a third-party app because the two-step verification will deny them access when they try to perform any tricks.
Prevent Hackers From Gaining Access To Your Account
Over the past week, users have been complaining about how hackers take over their WhatsApp account and act on their integrity.
They exploit people on your list and give them fake news, transact business in your name, etc.
This is possible when they change your phone number to theirs and replace you in whatsoever group you belong.
But with the two-step verification feature enabled, when these people try to change your phone number to theirs, in the process of verification, WhatsApp will ask them for your 6 unique passcode which is different from the 6 verification code WhatsApp sends every time you try to register on the app.
And when they fail to provide the correct passcode, their mission will be aborted.
Disadvantages Of Setting Up Two-step Verification On WhatsApp
Whatever has good side most times have its bad side. But in the case of WhatsApp two-step verification, let us see if the disadvantages really worth letting go the option to set it up on your account.
Below are some of the disadvantages of setting up two-step verification on WhatsApp.
- Struggle To Remeber Your 6 Unique Passcode
- Periodic passcode Request
Struggle To Remeber Your 6 Unique Password
In the process of setting up the two-step verification feature, you will be asked to create a 6 unique passcode which you will use to always verify your account when the need arises.
In the quest to stay secure, you may want to mix different numbers to get your unique passcode and at the end of the day, you may easily forget it.
Periodic passcode Request
When you have enabled the two-step verification feature on WhatsApp, you will be reminded periodically to input your 6 digit passcode. And when you don’t remember it, you will be denied access to your chat screen.
What Happen When I Forget My Two-step Verification Passcode On WhatsApp?
Let us assume you forgot your 6 digit passcode, you will not be allowed to re-verify the account within seven days of last using WhatsApp.
When the 7days is over, you will now be granted access to re-verify on WhatsApp without your passcode.
“If you have two-step verification enabled, your number will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp without your PIN. Thus, if you forget your own PIN, but didn’t provide an email to disable two-step verification, even you will not be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp within 7 days of last using WhatsApp. After these 7 days, your number will be permitted to reverify on WhatsApp without your PIN, but you’ll lose all pending messages upon reverifying – they will be deleted. If your number is reverified on WhatsApp after 30 days of last using WhatsApp, and without your PIN, your account will be deleted and a new one will be created upon successfully reverifying”. the WhatsApp team explains.
Now that you have known what WhatsApp two-step verification is and have known the advantages and disadvantages, let me show you how to get it activated.
How To Set Two-step Verification In WhatsApp
To set up two-step verification feature on WhatsApp follow these simple steps below:
1. Launch your WhatsApp.
2. Click on Account.
3. Click on Two-step verification.
4. Create a 6 unique passcode for yourself.
5. Input a recovery email which you can use to reset your passcode when you forget it.
6. Click on save.
With the above steps followed carefully, you will successfully enable the two step verification feature on WhatsApp and stay 100 percent safe.
Have you enabled two-step verification on WhatsApp? Share your thoughts via the comment section.