Security is one of the most important aspects of messengers today. Ever since the Facebook data leak, app developers around the world have been issued serious warnings and directives, to make their platforms a lot more private and secure, making it more comfortable for users to make use of these applications without harboring the fear of their personal data being sold or misused.
The Telegram application is one of the most popular messaging applications in the market today. Although the user base is arguably larger on apps like Whatsapp or Signal, there is denying that Telegram is right up there and is bringing in more users every single day. Now, we have been using the Telegram messenger on our smartphones for a few months and one of the first things that caught our attention is that the whole end-to-end encrypted chats feature is not built-in across the platform, but rather, is limited to the secret chat option. Now, this may not sound like the best news to potential users, but that’s how it is. However, one of the security features that we appreciated is the two-factor authentication.
For those of you who don’t know, two-point authentication adds another layer of security to the application you are using, by sending you a unique OTP to your registered mobile number, every time you want to login to the app. Now, this may seem annoying at first, but on extended use, you will see that it really makes sense to have this feature turned on.
So, if you are using the Telegram messaging app and you want to turn on two-step verification, this is how you do it.
Step 1. Open the Telegram Messenger app on your smartphone (iOS or Android).
Step 3. In the settings menu, tap on the Privacy and Security option.
Step 4. Now, in the Privacy and Security settings, tap on the ‘Two-Step verification‘ option.
Step 5. On the setup screen, tap on the ‘Set Additional Password‘ option.
Step 6. Enter the password you want to set, and then type it once again to confirm your choice. Tap on the ‘Create Password‘ option to set the password to the Telegram app.
Step 7. You can now choose to set a hint in order to remember the password. This step is purely optional, so it’s up to you.
Step 8. You can also set a recovery email address that you can use in case you lose your Telegram password.
Two-Step verification will now be enabled on your Telegram application. You will receive a confirmation message on the Telegram app itself, confirming your choice, and you can just keep it as a reference for later on.