The Why and How of Securing Your WhatsApp Account

It seems like barely any days go by without regular internet users hearing about some kind of accident occurring that results in massive data breaches all of which would harm the overall level of safety that you would want to enjoy while you are using the internet and social media. Hence, it would be a good idea for you to at least try to make it so that you have secured all of your important accounts on the various platforms you use online, and WhatsApp might just be the most important account for you to end up securing all in all.

One thing to keep in mind is that there are several ways in which you can try to secure your WhatsApp account. The reason behind why you should give this kind of security importance has a lot to do with how simple it is to set up a WhatsApp account. The service is meant to be used as a basic messaging app which means that the process that must be completed before you can start using it has intentionally been made to be as simple as possible both for the purposes of broadening its appeal as well as making it in line with the fast paced, instant gratification heavy modern world that we live in.

That being said, the fact that it is so easy to set up makes it a prime target for malicious actors. The way this works is that you get a six digit code via SMS when you are setting up your account. This code will be required before you can access the app, but the fact that it is so easy to use makes it extremely easy to intercept as well. If someone intercepts this text this means that they might be able to access your account as well, so a good first step that you should be taking in this regard has to do with never giving this code to anyone no matter how much you trust them and no matter how close you feel to them at the end of the day.

The second step you should take is that you should try your best to set up a pin (that also known as two-step verification). This pin will provide additional protection so if someone tries to have a code sent to them that would enable them to access your account they would need a pin as well to help them in this regard and this pin would be a great deal more difficult for them to end up obtaining.

The way a pin works is that you would have to go to Settings and set one up (check below featured video for more details). The process is fairly simple but the protection it would provide to you is without a doubt going to be more than worth it. You obviously wouldn’t want to start worrying about these sorts of things after something bad has happened which is why we say that it is always better to be safe rather than to end up being sorry later on due to a lack of action on your part. Suffice it to say that everyone should set up some kind of a WhatsApp pin.

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