WHATSAPP users are encouraged to change their settings – to ward off hacker attacks.
Billions of people around the world use WhatsApp, making it a prime target for cyberattacks.
WhatsApp has many features designed to keep you safe.
And one thing is particularly important: two-step verification.
A cyber expert recently told The Sun that all users should enable this setting as soon as possible.
“This is the first line of defense against someone trying to access your messages by configuring your number on another device,” said Tom Davidson of cyber firm Lookout.
“If this setting is enabled, users will be prompted for a PIN before the number can be associated with WhatsApp.
“It provides extra protection in case someone manages to get your username and password.”
Using two-step verification can be crucial when it comes to preventing hackers from gaining access to your accounts.
And it’s free and easy to set up.
How to enable two-step verification on WhatsApp
Enabling WhatsApp Two-Step Verification is easy.
“You can manage the two-step verification settings in your WhatsApp account,” WhatsApp explained.
“You have the option to turn this feature on or off, change the PIN, or update the email address associated with 2-Step Verification.”
First, open WhatsApp Settings, then go to Account > 2-Step Verification > Activate.
Choose a six-digit PIN and confirm it.
Next, provide an email address that you have access to — or skip if you’d like.
However, adding an email address is a great way to protect your account as it allows you to reset two-step verification.
Now select Next, confirm the email address and tap Save or Done.
“If you don’t add an email address and forget your PIN, you have to wait 7 days before you can reset your PIN,” WhatsApp warns.
“Since we do not verify this email address to confirm its accuracy, please make sure you provide an accurate email address that you can access.”
To turn off 2-Step Verification, just go to WhatsApp Settings and then select Account > 2-Step Verification > Disable > Disable.
You can change your PIN or email address on WhatsApp at any time.
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