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How to set up two-step verification in WhatsApp

WhatsApp offers two-step verification process as an added security measure to its users.

One way to avoid giving up the control of your WhatsApp account is by never sharing the verification code with anyone.
One way to avoid giving up the control of your WhatsApp account is by never sharing the verification code with anyone. (Pixabay)

WhatsApp has a user base of over 2 billion. The messaging app is not only popular among the users, who use it for connecting with friends and family and with customers, but it is also popular among the hackers. Now, in a latest scam, hackers are using the app to gain access to users’ WhatsApp accounts.

According to a report by WABetaInfo, the blog that tracks developments in WhatsApp, hackers are luring innocent WhatsApp users into giving up the control of their accounts by reaching out to them as members of WhatsApp’s technical team and asking for the six-digit verification codes.

The scam was first highlighted by a Tweep Dario Navarro who wrote to the website to ask if the message was legit. As it turns out, it wasn’t!

WhatsApp makes all its announcements via its blog and its official social media handles and it never asks users for their verification codes. “You should never share your WhatsApp verification code with others,” WhatsApp says.

One way to avoid giving up the control of your WhatsApp account is, well, by never sharing the verification code with anyone, ever!

The other way is by using two-step verification for the same. In case you were not aware, WhatsApp, just like Facebook, Instagram, Gmail and dozens of other online services, offers a two-step verification process for users’ accounts as an added security measure.

So here’s how you can set two-step verification in your WhatsApp accounts:

Step 1: Open WhatsApp on your smartphone.

Step 2: Tap on the Settings tab.

Step 3: Tap on Account and the Two-Step Verification.

Step 4: Tap on the Enable button.

Step 5: Now, enter the six-digit PIN that you’ll be asked when you register your phone number with WhatsApp.

Step 6: Confirm the PIN.

Step 7: Enter your email address and tap on Next.

Step 8: Confirm your email address and tap on Done.