Viber will roll out two-step verification globally
Rakuten Viber has announced the rollout of its new feature, two-step verification. The added layer of security will allow its users to authenticate their accounts using a PIN and email.
Viber’s commitment to providing a secure and privacy-focused communications platform is reflected in its continued work on new features like these, a press release read.
Messaging on Viber is already end-to-end encrypted, preventing third parties from accessing its data, and the disappearing messages feature gives users more control over who sees their messages.
The latest two-step verification feature is another example of Viber’s unwavering adherence to privacy and will give users the reassurance they need when communicating within Viber.
Users who choose to enable the two-step verification feature will create a six-digit PIN and verify their email address. To log into Viber on a mobile device or desktop, the user will need to verify the account by providing their individual PIN.
If the code is forgotten, the verified email address will be used to help the user restore access to their account.
Also, having a PIN will disable the ability to deactivate the account using Viber on a desktop computer. Anyone trying to deactivate a Viber account through the desktop will need to use the PIN.
Viber’s new feature will allow its users to implement additional security measures to ensure the privacy of their accounts. Two-step verification protects against hackers who hijack user accounts to send spam or access private information.
Reducing the number of unverified accounts within the platform will not only reduce spam on the platform, but also create a more efficient and stable application for users to communicate with loved ones around the world. Additionally, Viber is working on adding biometric authentication in the future.
“Viber user privacy is at the forefront of everything we do. We are committed to providing an end-to-end secure encrypted messaging application, and this new feature takes it even further,” said the director of the information from Rakuten Viber Amir Ish-Shalom.
“Two-Step Verification will alleviate our users’ security concerns and reassure not only consumers, but also businesses, that Viber provides the latest technology to ensure platform security.”
Viber’s two-step verification feature will be rolling out globally very soon.