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WhatsApp enables two-step verification for added security

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WhatsApp enables two-step verification for added security

Looking for a little more security in your digital life? If you're a WhatsApp user, you're in luck.

The popular messaging service has just turned on two-step verification , making it so anytime you (or anyone else) tries to verify your phone number, a six-digit passcode created by yourself must also be entered.

To activate two-step verification, open WhatsApp, click on the Settings icon, then select Account. You'll see a "Two-step verification" option - click on this, and press Enable if you wish to turn it on.

Two-step verification is an optional feature, and once you've activated it, you'll also have the chance to enter an email address. This is useful if you forget your passcode and need to disable two-step verification - just make sure it's an active email address, or you could get locked out.

WhatsApp warns that you won't be able to reverify your phone number within seven days of using the service without a passcode, and any pending messages will be lost once you get back into your account.

Long story short - do your best to remember your passcode. WhatsApp will help by asking you to enter it every once in a while, a task you can't turn off once you've enabled two-step verification.

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Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle is TechRadar's Senior News Editor, based in the Bay Area. Covering every corner of the industry, Michelle aims to bring you the most useful and entertaining bits about the gadgets you love. Her most exhilarating moment as a tech journalist so far is riding in a self-driving car. Got a tip? Drop her a line! Related news
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