WhatsApp for iOS will soon add another layer of protection when a user tries to log into an account for the first time. After people started being tricked into giving their verification codes to criminals last year, WhatsApp is finally planning a way to prevent this from happening.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is developing a double verification code to improve the privacy and security of users. The post explains that when you try to register your phone number on a different smartphone, you will be asked for an additional verification code apart from the first verification code sent by SMS.
WhatsApp will display the following message:
The number *** is already being used for WhatsApp on another phone.
To ensure that your account is under your control, you must confirm another verification code. For added security, you must wait for the timer to expire before you can send the code. When you receive the code, enter it here.
The third layer of protection in WhatsApp
WABetaInfo says that when the first attempt to enter an account WhatsApp is successful, another code will be needed 6 digits to complete the process. This will send another message to the owner of the phone number, letting them know that an attempt to break into their account has just taken place.
As this is a work-in-progress feature, it is not clear when or if it will see the light of day. That said, it is very interesting to see the third layer of protection in WhatsApp. In case you don’t know, from now on, in addition to the code of 6 digits that you have to add when trying to log in on a new phone, you can also enable a pin from 6 digits to prevent unwanted access.
With this new feature, users will have another layer of protection to prevent account theft.