WHATSAPP is developing a brand new feature that stops people snooping on your messages.
You’ll soon have the option to scan your fingerprint before reading chats, meaning you can safely pass your phone to friends without worrying about them spying on you.
WhatsApp is adding fingerprint scans to its app[/caption]
The update is still in the early stages of development, but will be available in future versions of the messaging service.
It was uncovered by WABetaInfo, which scans the code of future WhatsApp updates and shares details of unreleased features.
The site explained: “The app will be completely protected, so the user will need to authenticate his identity in order to open WhatsApp.
“It will protect the entire app, so it’s not used to lock specific conversations.”
WhatsApp already guards your messages with end-to-end encryption[/caption]
There’s no specific release date for the new tool yet, but it is expected to arrive with v2.19.3 for Android.
WhatsApp messages are already end-to-end encrypted, meaning only those people in conversations can see the content.
But if someone has direct access to your phone, they can simply tap on the app and read all of your messages.
The update aims to fix that by adding an extra layer of protection for WhatsApp fans.
You’ll obviously need a phone with a fingerprint scanner for the security tool to work.
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A host of other upcoming WhatsApp features were revealed by WABetaInfo last week.
The app is introducing a shake-up to Group Chats called ‘reply privately’, while also letting you add stickers to your images, videos and GIFs.
They’ll be packaged with WhatsApp’s 2.19.10 iOS update.
The Facebook-owned company has yet to give an official release date for the download, but it’s expected imminently.
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