Instagram is working on the possibility of sending 2FA codes to WhatsApp

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A new feature that will let you choose to receive 2FA codes on WhatsApp on reportedly being developed by Instagram. The feature was spotted and reported by Alessandro Peluzzi, a reputable tech blogger with inside info on yet-to-be released features.

When or if launched, the feature will allow you to receive your 2-factor notification on WhatsApp messenger or WhatsApp Business.  Peluzzi took to his Twitter page to announce the upcoming feature, and also posted a screenshot to support his claim.

From the screenshot in Peluzzi’s tweet, you will be able to choose WhatsApp if you enable SMS first. You can, however, choose to enable the 2FA option if you feel unsafe and uncomfortable with the SMS option.

The future is still being developed, and probably still in its early stage—and hopefully it makes it to a proper launch in the very near future. The WhatsApp 2FA option will be available to both Android and iOS users when is finally launched.

People are constantly losing their accounts to hackers these days, and adding an additional means of receiving the 2FA code will solve some of these issues.

A couple of weeks back, Google announced that all users will be enrolled in its 2FA by default. Two-factor authentication also known as 2FA, is a more secure way of logging in to your account without the need for a password. You will receive a prompt on your smartphone to verify or authenticate that an attempt to login with your Google account is legitimate.

Google in a blog post, described “passwords are the single biggest threat to your online security.” The truth is that passwords have never really solved the problem when it comes to securing accounts. Regardless of the length and combinations, hackers always find a way around it more often than not.

Google has been encouraging the use of 2FA for some years now; and this is based on the fact that it offers more security than using a password to access your account. Going forward, the tech giant says the feature will be available to all users by default.

Soon we’ll start automatically enrolling users in 2SV if their accounts are appropriately configured. (You can check the status of your account in our security checkup. Using their mobile device to sign in gives people a safer and more secure authentication experience than passwords alone.”


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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