WhatsApp Rolls Out Three New Security Features to Protect Your Account
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WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, has introduced new security measures to give users more control over their messages and to improve privacy standards.
The messaging app’s goal is to make talks as secure as face-to-face conversations, and improvements will be released gradually, with some occurring automatically in the background.
The instant messaging platform has introduced Account Protect, a new security feature that will give users an extra degree of safety when they transfer their WhatsApp account to a new device. The functionality will prompt users on the old device to confirm their intention to move their account to another device, assisting in the prevention of unwanted attempts.
Another new feature offered by WhatsApp is Device Verification, which attempts to safeguard users from mobile device malware that can exploit their phone without authorization and use WhatsApp to send unsolicited messages. WhatsApp has enhanced checks to authenticate users’ accounts and protect them in the event that their smartphone is compromised, with no user action required.
In addition to the new capabilities listed above, the firm is launching an Automatic Security Codes tool to safely check users’ connections, based on a method known as “Key Transparency.” Previously, the security code verification function could only be used by the app’s most security-conscious users to confirm they were speaking with the correct person. The new functionality intends to make encrypted communications more available to everyone by validating the connection’s security without asking users to take any action.
Furthermore, WhatsApp provides two-step authentication and end-to-end encrypted backups as security features that users can enable themselves. To assist more individuals stay secure, the business encourages users to share these features with their peers. The ultimate purpose of the new features is to provide users with more privacy and control over their conversations, and WhatsApp promises to keep developing additional tools to improve the platform’s security.