WhatsApp adds 3 security features to protect users

WhatsApp adds 3 security features to protect users

With the statistics of activities of cyber criminals escalating in scale and complexity, WhatsApp has disclosed another plan to roll out three additional security features to protect its users and cushion the impact of cyber attacks.

In a press release sent to Daily Sun, the company said it believes that user’s messages should be as private and secure as an in-person conversation.

“Protecting your personal messages with default end-to-end encryption is the foundation of that security, and we will never stop building new features to give you extra layers of privacy, and more control over your messages.

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“Alot of this work happens behind the scenes without you having to do a thing. But, today, we’re excited to tell you about some of the additional security features we will be adding in the coming months,” WhatsApp said.

The new features include Account Protect, Device Verification and Automatic Security Code.

Automatic Security Codes: Our most security conscious users have always been able to take advantage of our security code verification feature, which helps ensure you are chatting with the intended recipient. You can check this manually by going to the encryption tab under a contact’s info. To make this process easier and more accessible to everyone, we’re rolling out a security feature based on a process called “Key Transparency” that allows you to automatically verify that you have a secure connection. What it means for you is that when you click on the encryption tab, you’ll be able to verify right away that your personal conversation is secured.

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The company pointed out that while there’s many things it can do to make security easy for everyone, there are two features that only you (The user) can turn on: two-step verification  and use of end-to-end encrypted backups.

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