WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms in a whole bunch of countries; however, it’s not very feature rich – in fact, most of its competition offers a better service.
WhatsApp has been working hard on adding features common to its competitors; two-factor authentication seems to be the next step – a great thing to rejoice for those who care about security.
The news comes via MicrosoftInsider.es who managed to get their hands on a translation request from the WhatsApp team, thanks to a helpful reader (hint). The email details several phrases related to two-factor authentication; the phrases also give us a hint towards what’s coming for WhatsApp.
The latest translation strings appear to require users to link email with their accounts – something new to WhatsApp, as up until now it only required user’s phone numbers.
Considering the WhatsApp development team is looking for translations; the feature development is probably in its last stages. though it would probably appear in the beta app before rolling out to all users.
As for when the general public could enable 2FA – nobody can estimate that, though it would probably appear in the beta app before rolling out to all users.
The 2nd email from the WhatsApp team mentions Windows Phone in its subject – confirming that 2FA will indeed be coming to the Windows version of WhatsApp.