WhatsApp announced the Two Factor Authentication for its users last fall, and after testing its beta, company is ready to make this feature available for each of its 1.2 billion users on an iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

What is Two Factor Authentication?

Two Factor Authentication is an extra layer of security, which many other platforms like Facebook has been using it already. It requires not only a password and username but also something that only, and only, that user has on them, i.e. a piece of information only they should know or have immediately to hand – such as a physical token.

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Two-factor authentication adds in additional security to an online account by demanding a secondary method of authentication to access it. Usually a user’s password provides the first factor of authentication, and an alpha-numeric code sent as a text message usually serves as the second factor.

Enable Two Factor Authentication in WhatsApp

Follow the following steps to enable the multi factor authentication in WhatsApp in order to make it more secure.

Open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable

The new update is gradually rolling out worldwide and the option to enable 2-factor authentication will appear then once the users have the updated version of WhatsApp installed.