A number of new security features have been added to WhatsApp to make it more difficult to take control of other people’s accounts.
The app’s privacy and security-focused features go beyond its assertion that online chats and discussions should be as private and secure as in-person interactions. Numerous technological advancements pertaining to that goal have centered on message security, such as adding end-to-end encryption to conversations. The new features allegedly increase user security on the app.
On Thursday, WhatsApp published a blog post announcing the launch of three new security enhancements for both iOS and Android users.
For instance, a new program named “Account Protect” will be started when users migrate an account from an old to a new device. If users receive an unexpected alert of this like, it may be a sign that someone is trying to access their account without their knowledge. Users may see an alert on their previous handset asking them to confirm that they are truly transitioning away from it.
To make sure that users cannot install malware to access other people’s messages, another function called “Device Verification” operates in the background. Without the user’s knowledge, this feature authenticates devices in the background. In particular, WhatsApp claims it is concerned about unauthorized WhatsApp applications that contain spyware made explicitly for this use.
Users do not need to take any action as a result of the company’s new checks that help authenticate user accounts in order to prevent this.
The final feature is dubbed “automatic security codes,” and it builds on an already-existing service that lets users verify that they are speaking with the person they believe they are. This is still doable manually, but by default, an automated version will be carried out with the addition of a tool to determine whether the connection is secure.
While users can now view the code by visiting a user’s profile, the social media platform will start to develop a concept called “Key Transparency” to make it easier for its users to verify the validity of the code.
Update to the most recent build if you use WhatsApp on Android because these features have already been released. If you use iOS, the security features have not yet been released, although an update is anticipated soon.