These days we now use WhatsApp for all sorts of conversations. And some of those conversations are highly confidential. Given this, it’s always advisable to make your WhatsApp account more secure by making use of some additional features that are not enabled by default when you install WhatsApp
Below, we explained how you can utilize two features that greatly improve the security of your WhatsApp. Here we go!
Two step authentication
WhatsApp’s Two step authentication is doubtlessly the best feature for securing your WhatsApp from hackers.
Two-step authentication allows you to verify your number on WhatsApp with a unique six-digit code. The feature doesn’t come enabled when you download the WhatsApp app. You have to enable it yourself.
Everytime and again WhatsApp will ask you to enter the six-digit code or PIN to verify that the WhatsApp account is still being used by its rightful owner. WhatsApp says it does this to make you remember your code as well to secure your account. Unfortunately, there’s no way to disable this periodical request by WhatsApp.
To help you remember your PIN, WhatsApp will periodically ask you to enter your PIN. There is no option to disable this without disabling the two-step verification feature.
If you don’t provide the correct code,you won’t be able to access your WhatsApp. This comes in handy when someone has stolen your phone and they start to impersonate you.
Even if someone uninstalls the WhatsApp app and reinstalls it again they will just be asked the six-digit again.
How to enable two step authentication
Folks who are interested in enabling the two step verification will need to do the following:
>Tap “Two-step verification”
>Tap “Enable” and put your secret six-digit code/pin.
You can also put your email address in addition to the six-digit code as part of enabling WhatsApp’s two step verification feature.
The advantage of putting the email address is that it allows you to disable the two-step verification if you ever forget the six-digit code. WhatsApp says you should make sure that the email address that you provide is accurate as they do not verify it.
We do not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy. We highly recommend you provide an accurate email address so that you’re not locked out of your account if you forget your PIN.
And most importantly WhatsApp advises against clicking links that come into your email asking you to switch of the two-step verification yet you didn’t make such a request. In that case, someone may be trying to gain access to your WhatsApp account.
WhatsApp added another layer of security last year in the form of a Fingerprint Lock feature. Fingerprint Lock popularly known as Touch ID to iOS users allows users to unlock their WhatsApp apps using their fingerprints.
Since fingerprints are unique to individuals this ensures that nobody else can snoop your chats when you leave your phone unattended.
How to setup Fingerprint lock or Touch ID on WhatsApp
Both Android and iOS users enable WhatsApp’s Fingerprint Lock or Touch ID by doing by following the steps below.
>Tap “Screen Lock” and switch on Fingerprint Lock or Touch ID.
Both Android and iOS users can choose the amount of time before Fingerprint Lock or Touch is prompted after the WhatsApp app closes.
Note: iOS users can enable Face ID instead of Touch ID. Face ID allows them to unlock WhatsApp when the iPhone recognizes their face.
These are the two most important features you should enable on your WhatsApp to make it more secure. Besides these settings, don’t forget that WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption which prevents third parties from reading your messages.