Fingerprint security comes to WhatsApp

Written by:
Katie Robertson
Date Posted:
15 January 2019
Category:
New Tech

New fingerprint scanning feature planned for WhatsApp

High security levels
The global messaging app, WhatsApp, is reportedly working on a brand new feature – registering your fingerprint for locking and unlocking chats on the app. Once you enable the fingerprint feature, your WhatsApp will be fully locked down and protected.

The app currently has high security levels with its end-to-end encryption. This feature ensures that only you and the person that you’re communicating with can read what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. The new fingerprint scanning feature will put an authentic lock on the entire app and not just particular chats.

Android only 
Unfortunately the fingerprint scanning feature will only be available for Android users for now. Anyone with an older device that does not support the fingerprint scanning feature will be able to add a passcode instead. Hopefully the feature will be developed for other smartphones if it is popular.

Research suggests that WhatsApp doesn’t hold images of your actual fingerprint. Instead of retaining your fingerprint, your phone will use your print as a source of data so that it cannot be reconstructed by someone else. The data will be totally unique to each individual.

Coming soon
The messaging app doesn’t currently have a built-in feature for using a password or PIN to protect access to the app, so for users who want to keep their chats completely private and inaccessible, this is the perfect feature.

It’s not clear when this feature will be released to the public as it is still under stringent testing, but hopefully soon!

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