New Delhi — WhatsApp Thursday announced additional security features that will be rolled out by the Meta-owned messaging app.
“If you need to switch your WhatsApp account to a new device – we want to double-check that it’s really you. From now on, we may ask you on your old device to verify that you want to take this step as an extra security check. This feature can help alert you to an unauthorized attempt to move your account to another device.” it’s blog post read.
WhatsApp has added checks to help authenticate user accounts and prevent mobile device malware from compromising users’ phones and sending unwanted messages through WhatsApp. These checks will protect users if their device is compromised and will not require any action from the users and they continue using the application uninterrupted.
It is also rolling out a new security feature based on “Key Transparency” to make it easier for users to verify secure connections. Previously, only the most security-conscious users could use the security code verification feature to check if they were chatting with the intended recipient. With the new feature, users can automatically verify that they have a secure connection by clicking on the encryption tab. The process is designed to be more accessible to all users.
“While there’s many things we can do to make security easy for everyone, there are two features that only you can turn on: two-step verification and use of end-to-end encrypted backups,” the post read.