How to secure your WhatsApp account

How to secure your WhatsApp account

Most people have unfortunately lost their cell phones. Phones store a lot of personal information that put at risk of being mishandled with a wrong party. WhatsApp for instance has an information backlog ranging from contacts, pictures and video files.

Having known the stakes in losing a phone, below are some of the ways to secure your account in the unfortunate event it is lost.

How to enable Two-Step Verification

  • Open the WhatsApp app on your Android or iPhone mobile device.
  • Go to Settings
  • Click into the Account setting
  • Click into the Two-Step Verification, and then tap “Enable.”
  • A screen will appear
  • On the screen, type a six-digit PIN,
  • Tap “Next,” and then confirm your PIN on the following screen
  • Next, type the email address you want to use to reset your PIN if you forget it or tap “Skip.” On the next screen, confirm your email address.

Two-Step Verification is now enabled. To make sure you don’t forget your six-digit PIN, WhatsApp periodically asks you to type it before you can access the app.

If you forget your PIN, you’ll have to reset it before you can access your WhatsApp account again.

Two-Step Verification is now enabled. To make sure you don’t forget your six-digit PIN, WhatsApp periodically asks you to type it before you can access the app.

If you forget your PIN, you’ll have to reset it before you can access your WhatsApp account again.

How to secure your WhatsApp via Fingerprint, Face ID Lock

You might already protect your iPhone or Android phone with biometrics. As an additional measure, you can protect WhatsApp with a fingerprint or face ID lock for more security.

Below is a procedure on how to go about it

  • Open WhatsApp App
  • Tap the Menu button.
  • Next, go to Settings > Account > Privacy.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list, and then tap “Toggle-On the “Unlock with Fingerprint” Click the option of Fingerprint Lock.
  • Touch the fingerprint sensor on your device to confirm your fingerprint.
  • Select the amount of time before authentication is needed after each visit.

On iPhone,

  • Use Touch or Face ID (depending on your device) to protect WhatsApp.
  • To do so, open WhatsApp and go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Screen Lock. Here, toggle-On the “Require Face ID” or “Require Touch ID” option.
  • After the feature is enabled, you can increase the length of time after which WhatsApp will lock after each visit. From the default option, you can switch to one or 15 minutes, or one hour

 


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