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WhatsApp Web gets a TRAFFIC LIGHT for security! Try this browser extension

WhatsApp Web in its latest update gets the Code Verify browser extension that provides real-time verification for login. Know more about it in here.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 10:38 IST
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WhatsApp Web Code Verify extension enhances the security experience.  (Cloudflare)

WhatsApp is already among the safest ways to text someone. With its end-to-end encryption on both the mobile app and the web versions, it becomes very difficult to breach into someone else's chat history. If you assumed this was enough, a WhatsApp web extension, called Code Verify, has now added a new feature to its WhatsApp Web service that makes it an even more secure texting platform. This new big new security update comes in the form of a browser extension on Chrome.

The Code Verify extension claims to “provide real-time, third-party verification that the code running someone's WhatsApp Web has not been tampered with.” In simple English, this means the Code Verify extension will add an extra layer of security once you scan the QR code. It will keep you updating in real-time about the status of the security of your session. You get indicators in real-time to tell whether you are safe or not.

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WhatsApp Web Code Verify is like a traffic light

Managed by Cloudflare, the Code Verify extension will check for the hash code published by the WhatsApp Web server and the one that's actually used in real-time. When someone uses the extension, it automatically compared the code that runs on WhatsApp Web with that of the code verified by WhatsApp itself and shared with the Cloudflare server. If there's a mismatch, you are alerted. This all happens in real-time.

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Code Verify in action  (Cloudflare)
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Code Verify in action  (Cloudflare)

Users will see an indicator pinned to their web browser. It will stay green as long as you are logged in and everything is safe. If there's a code mismatch, that means some other extension or app has tampered with your security and the Code Verify indicator will turn red. In this case, users can try to login again, or simply use the mobile app for more safety. If the indicator stays orange, that means the WhatsApp Web sessions was timed out, or the Code Verify extension has been stopped by some other extension.

If you use WhatsApp Web and are concerned about security, you can download the Code Verify extension on Google Chrome, FireFox, and Microsoft Edge. Once you install the Code Verify extension, it will automatically get pinned to Firefox and Edge browsers. Note that Chrome users will have to pin it manually.

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First Published Date: 11 Mar, 09:38 IST