WhatsApp to add security features to protect users from hackers

SINGAPORE – Messaging platform WhatsApp on Thursday announced a range of new security features aimed at making it more difficult for hackers to take over users’ accounts.

These tools, which will be added to the Meta-owned app in the coming months, introduce extra checks to ensure that people are who they say they are.

For example, when users switch their WhatsApp account to a new device, they may receive an alert on their old device asking them to verify if they really wish to switch. Getting an unexpected alert could mean someone is trying to steal their account.