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 code to criminals last year, WhatsApp is finally considering a way to prevent this from happening.
According WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is developing a double check code to improve user privacy and security. The post explains that when you try to register your phone number on another smartphone, you will be asked for an additional verification code in addition to the first verification code sent via SMS.
WhatsApp will display the following message:
The XXX number is already 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.
WABetaInfo indicates that when the first attempt to login to a WhatsApp account is successful, another 6-digit code will be required to complete the process. With this, another message will be sent to the owner of the phone number, so that they know that an attempt to log in to their account has just occurred.
As this is a feature in development, it is unclear when or if it will see the light of day. That said, it is very interesting to see a third layer of protection on WhatsApp. In case you don’t know, from now on, besides the 6-digit code you have to add when trying to log in to a new phone, you can also enable a 6-digit PIN to prevent unwanted access .
With this new feature, users will have another layer of protection to avoid having their account stolen.
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