Soon, you would never need to worry if your phone is in the wrong hands, all thanks to a new update in the works by WhatsApp. The world’s largest messaging and Facebook-owned app is now ensuring that messages sent through its platform are always secure through an update that it is currently working on. According to WABetaInfo, a fan-based website that tests WhatsApp features before it comes to the market says that this feature is currently being developed by WhatsApp and will be released in the Android 2.19.3 beta version.
With this, your messages can never be read even if your phone is in the wrong hands
According to the report that WABetaInfo published, WhatsApp has been working on the Authentication feature along with the Face ID and Touch ID features on iOS(which are yet to be available yet as they are being developed).
Here is how you will be able to enable the fingerprint authentication on WhatsApp
All you need to do is to go to Settings> Account>Privacy and tick on the ‘Fingerprint’ checkbox. Once your fingerprint is verified, you are good to go.
Generally, this feature can seem a little redundant as many of the current crops of phones already come with fingerprint sensors or Face recognition. However, this feature is great if you have shared your phone’s password with someone but do not want them to read your WhatsApp messages.
One thing to note is that this is a feature for the whole of WhatsApp and not for individual messages. Now, you do not need to keep a separate fingerprint lock for WhatsApp from your phone as WhatsApp itself will provide this feature to you.
With more than 1.5 billion people using WhatsApp, such features are necessary to ensure that the users of WhatsApp always stay connected to this free medium of communication. This security feature is crucial for those smartphones that do not let users independently lock their apps which contain sensitive data.
Earlier, in response to the spate of ‘WhatsApp murders’ in India, WhatsApp limited the number of forwards that a person could do to five. This was after a severe media and government backlash in India due to false rumors circulating on WhatsApp of certain people entering localities and kidnapping children.
With India being its biggest market, WhatsApp is sure to go all out to please its Indian users. It has even started a publicity campaign to educate users not to use the platform to send disturbing content and rumors.