WhatsApp could be about set to get a welcome privacy boost thanks to a new update from the company.
The messaging app, which has over a billion users worldwide, is set to introduce two-factor authentication in an attempt to make the service more secure.
However users may not be quite as thankful for the new protection as the company might have hoped, with some reports claiming the feature could prove more annoying than helpful.
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WhatsApp is set to roll out two-step verification to all its users within the next few days.
First introduced across the beta version of WhatsApp last year, the feature now means that users will need to enter a six-digit passcode every time they register a phone number with WhatsApp.
Luckily, the feature is optional, meaning users can choose to disable it if needed.
To enable two-factor authentication, users need the latest version of WhatsApp and should then navigate to Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
In case you ever forget your passcode, WhatsApp also contains an option to register a back-up email address.
This means that if you can’t remember your six-digit number, you can enter your email address instead, and WhatsApp willsend you an email containing a link that will disable two-factor authentication.
WhatsApp says that it will ask users to enter their passcode ‘periodically’ in order to make sure you don’t forget it.
There’s no precise detail on how often this will be, with the Guardian suggesting it may be as often as once a week.
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But if even this is too much, the feature can be disabled from within the app without needing to enter a passcode.
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The news is the latest update announced for WhatsApp in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, the company revealed it was testing a new feature that will let the app track your movements, and allow your contacts to keep track of your current location at any time.
The Live Location Tracking feature will allow users to make their current location available to members of a chat or group conversation in real-time – helping friends find one another during meet-ups.
The new addition will be an opt-in feature, with users able to activate the service in either one-, two- or five-minute intervals.
This should allow you to share your location at times that suit you without compromising your privacy when you’d rather stay hidden.
WhatsApp may soon let users revoke, recall or edit messages that have already been delivered to contacts within the chat app.
The feature would allow users to edit – or completely revoke – messages sent by accident, as well any texts with cringe-inducing typos or content.
Pressing and holding on a sent message within the iOS version of WhatsApp now includes two new options in the small menu.
Edit will let you change the content of the message, while Revoke lets you pull the text from the conversation – as if it never existed.
Unfortunately, the ability to revoke your message will only work when the recipient hasn't seen the text.