In another move to improve security, WhatsApp is rolling out a new free web extension browser called ‘Code Verify.’ This extension will be available for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox browsers and is designed for users to verify the authenticity of the WhatsApp web code served to the browser you are using.
If you are a user of WhatsApp and use it on web.whatsapps.com, you need to use this extension as it will give you an extra layer of security and peace of mind that the web version of the app has not been altered.
How to use Code Verify
You can read the complete advisory HERE, but according to the company, here’s what will show when you use the extension:
‘For the best user experience, ensure the Code Verify browser extension is pinned to your toolbar once downloaded so that you can easily see the extension and its status. Code Verify will then run automatically when you use WhatsApp Web (web.whatsapp.com). When the extension is pinned to your toolbar and the code for WhatsApp Web is fully validated, the extension will show a checkmark in a green circle on the toolbar to show that the code has been fully validated.
If the extension is unable to validate the code you’re being served, you will see one of these three messages:
- Network Timed Out: If your page can’t be validated because your network has timed out, your Code Verify extension will display an orange circle with a question mark.
- Possible Risk Detected: If one or more of your extensions is interfering with our ability to verify the page, your Code Verify extension will display an orange circle with a question mark.
- Validation Failure: If the extension detects that the code you’re using to run WhatsApp Web is not the same as the code everyone else is using, the Code Verify icon will turn red and show an exclamation mark.
If you click on the Code Verify extension icon in your toolbar when it is green, orange, or red, you will be able to see more information, and if there is an issue, you can Learn More about how you can solve it. You will also be able to download the source code if you want to investigate the issue further.’
Download the Code Verify extension for:
Chrome – Click HERE
Edge – Click HERE
Firefox (coming soon)
Please let me know if you need any help with this or anything else.
All the very best,
Incognito Privacy Care Team