For WhatsApp users who want to verify whether they are using an authentic version of the messaging app on the web, Meta’s new browser extension is the perfect solution. WhatsApp says that since it introduced multi-device compatibility in 2021, it has seen an increase in the number of users who access WhatsApp through a web browser from their computers.
The multi-device compatibility allows people to use WhatsApp on up to four devices without needing their phone to be online. WhatsApp Web has been around for a few years now, but the previous version did not work unless users had an active internet connection on their smartphone. In order to safeguard users who use WhatsApp on multiple devices, the company also introduced two-step verification to protect their WhatsApp accounts from unauthorized access.
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For users who want even more security while using WhatsApp Web, the new Code Verify extension is available to download on the official Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge extension stores. As mentioned by Meta in an official post, “Code Verify expands on the concept of subresource integrity, a security feature that lets web browsers verify that resources they fetch haven’t been manipulated.” To check whether the messages sent via WhatsApp Web are secure, users will need to download and install the web extension on their browser. When users log in to WhatsApp Web, the Code Verify extension will automatically check for any security issues.
Code Verify Detects Security Issues On WhatsApp Web
The Code Verify extension for WhatsApp has been developed in partnership with Cloudflare, a web infrastructure and security company. After installation, Code Verify will automatically run when a user opens WhatsApp Web and check its authenticity. If everything seems normal, the extension will display a green circle with a tick in the center. In case the Code Verify indicator turns orange, users should check for other browser extensions that might be causing the problem and refresh the page. If the indicator turns red, users should log out of WhatsApp Web and use WhatsApp on their mobile devices, as the integrity of the message might have been compromised.
Meta also mentions that the extension itself does not log any data, metadata, or user data. It doesn’t share any information with WhatsApp or read any messages sent or received by the user. The Code Verify extension has been designed to ensure that even WhatsApp doesn’t know whether a user has installed it unless they inform the messaging platform about any issues they might be facing. Overall, the Code Verify extension adds an extra layer of security to WhatsApp Web for users who take their privacy seriously.