WhatsApp security changes are in the works

According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp may soon require users to input a second verification code when logging in on a new device.

Users will soon be required to enter two distinct delayed codes when signing into WhatsApp on new devices, in addition to a six-digit verification code.

WhatsApp will display the following message when logging in to a new device:

[This number] is already being used for WhatsApp on another phone.

To help make sure that your account is in your control, you must confirm another verification code. For extra security, you must wait for the timer to finish before you can send the code. When you receive the code, enter it here.

Even if the first authentication code is entered correctly, users must still enter the second code in order to complete the login process.

This feature, according to WABetaInfo, will safeguard customers from phishing attempts if they haven’t enabled 2-factor authentication.

Phishing is a technique in which attackers persuade victims to reveal their unique 6-digit verification code, resulting in the victim losing access to their WhatsApp account.

One of the most common methods used by attackers is to create phony accounts with virtual phone numbers in order to deceive users.

The following are some examples of common phishing messages:

“In two days, your WhatsApp account will expire. You must renew it by sending the code we emailed to you.”
“Send the 6-digit code in this chat you just received through SMS to the WhatsApp Team to prove you’re a real human.”
“[WHATSAPP]: Your account has been flagged for questionable activity. Please use the verification code to prove your identity.”
By enabling 2-step verification and never revealing their activation code with anyone, users can reduce their risk of falling victim to a phishing attempt.

Information sourced from Rual de Vries, My Broadband.

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