Meta announced in a blog post dated March that WhatsApp has noticed an increase in people accessing WhatsApp directly through their web browser through WhatsApp Web since the introduction of cross-device functionality last year. With this transition in mind, he explored ways to improve the security of WhatsApp’s web experience.
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As a result, he developed Code Verify, an open-source online browser extension that verifies the validity of WhatsApp web code sent to your browser. Code Verify ensures that your WhatsApp web code has not been tampered with or tampered with and that your WhatsApp web experience is the same as everyone else’s.
Before going through the step by step process to check if your WhatsApp account is protected, let us first discuss what Code Very is.
Additional Code Verification Information
According to Cybersecurity News, citing Meta’s blog, the tech giant added this web extension to protect online WhatsApp users from modified QR codes. This extension validates the authenticity of the WhatsApp web code provided to the user’s browser.
Code Verify partners with Cloudflare, a web infrastructure and security company, to provide independent and transparent third-party verification of code served on WhatsApp Web. Meta hopes this will bring comfort to risky users.
Meanwhile, Meta claimed that this level of security for people’s online communications is unmatched by any other end-to-end encrypted messaging service. Apart from implementing Code Verify for WhatsApp Web, it is also made open source so that other services can use it.
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The tech giant also noted that Sub-Resource Integrity is a security feature that allows web browsers to verify that their recovery resources have not been tampered with. Code Verify builds on this concept. Code Verify examines resources across the entire web page, while sub-resource integrity only applies to specific files.
Step-by-step guide to verify the authenticity of WhatsApp Web
We have listed (via Gizbot) a guide to check if someone has hacked into your WhatsApp account:
Step 1. Simply search for the “Chrome Web Store” in your Chromium-based PC browsers such as Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox, and search for the “Code Verify” extension.
2nd step. Click the “Add to Chrome” button on the right side to install the extension.
Step 3. A pop-up prompt will ask you to add the extension. From the drop-down option, select “Add extension”.
Step 4. Pin the extension to the top bar of your browser so that it runs in the background whenever you visit WhatsApp Web.
Step 5. To sign in to WhatsApp Web, scan the code on the screen.
Step 6. Different icons will be displayed depending on the risk.
- If the WhatsApp web code is successfully validated, the Code Verify indicator on the browser will turn green.
- If the Code Verify indicator is orange, it means you need to refresh your page or Code Verify is being interfered with by another browser extension. Code Verify will advise you to stop your other browser extensions in this case.
- If the Code Verify symbol turns red, it means there is a potential security risk with the WhatsApp web code you receive.
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