Here are two safety precautions for WhatsApp that you should take

Here are two safety steps you should take with WhatsApp.

Even while expert WhatsApp users know about two-step authentication and end-to-end encryption, this may seem Chinese. But they are two of the most important ways to make sure your chats are safe and private.

In this post, we will explain how you can use both security systems to keep your account safe. As you can see, both are easy to use, but you need to remember some passwords so that you don’t lose access to your account and/or chat backup.

Two-step verification using a PIN

Even though this security method was put in place in 2016, it’s possible that you don’t have it turned on. It’s basically a 6-digit PIN that WhatsApp will ask you to enter when it needs to protect your account. On every mobile, you will also be asked to sign in with your account.

You just need to open WhatsApp, click the three dots in the top right corner, and go to Settings > Account > Verification in two steps > Activate. Next, choose a 6-digit PIN and confirm it. You can also add an email account in case you forget your password later, but you don’t have to do this.

We want to remind you that you won’t be able to get into your WhatsApp account without this PIN. But, as we said when we told you how to do it, you can add an email account that will help you get it back if you forget it.

Any way you look at it, the PIN can be changed at any time. The steps to do this are almost the same as the ones we’ve already talked about, since the option to change it is in the same place.

Encrypt your backup

Since a few years ago, WhatsApp has also had something called “end-to-end encryption.” Even though there are a few small exceptions, this system keeps third parties, including WhatsApp itself, from reading your chats. Even though this is used in chats, it was also used for backups up until a year ago.

To make a password or key. First, the password needs six characters and one letter. Second, the password must be at least 64 alphanumeric digits. As we’ve emphasized, always keep your PIN safe. And the reason is that you won’t be able to get your chats back without this password or key. No, there is no way to get back.

To do this, you’ll need to go back to WhatsApp and click on the three dots, then go to Settings > Chats > Backup > End-to-end encrypted backup. At this point, you have to click “Activate” and decide whether you want to make a password or use 64-digit encryption.

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And all set. When this option is turned on, all of your copies will be encrypted. It will be when you are asked to restore a copy of WhatsApp. That is, when you reset your phone or set up a new one where you weren’t signed in to your WhatsApp account.

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