Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

WhatsApp adds biometric ID for more secure messaging

WhatsApp finally has the feature requested by many iPhone users You can secure your WhatsApp conversation with Face ID and Touch ID
Emmett Howard | 05 February, 2019, 07:30

In the future, Facebook plans to create a unified messaging system that would work across Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram, complete with end-to-end encryption. The feature is available for WhatsApp iOS version 2.19.20 and users can update their app to use it.

"Privacy" and enable Screen Lock. Once you moved to the Screen Lock screen, the app shows the available authentication method - either Face ID or Touch ID - that you can enable to lock your WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has updated its iOS app to add a Screen Lock feature. But if you want to access anything else in the app, you'll have to use your finger or face to unlock it. Since iOS itself locks a native app locking ability, it is up to developers to add this feature to their apps. So you'll need actual access to the device to open the chats.

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WhatsApp users just got a little safer, with a new privacy option that requires biometric identification to log into the app. However, this doesn't prevent WhatsApp from offering message previews in notifications.

Also of note, the Android version of the app doesn't support biometric authentication at this time.

WhatsApp hasn't given a date for when a similar feature will arrive for Android, but it says it's on the way. This mean despite having the lock on, you will still be able to see the messages in the notifications, if turned on.

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