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WhatsApp Makes 2FA Available to All 1.2B Users

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Feb 10, 2017, 8:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 10, 2017, 8:39 AM

WhatsApp today rolled out two-factor authentication to all users worldwide. The feature is still optional, though it provides a second layer of account security. When enabled, users will need to provide a user-defined, six-digit passcode to verify their phone number. People can also provide their email address so WhatsApp can help them reset their security settings if the passcode is forgotten. WhatsApp will occasionally ask people to reverify their phone number with the passcode. The reason for this is twofold: it protects users and, according to WhatsApp, will likely help them remember the passcode. A number of messaging and email services provide two-factor authentication for security purposes.



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