WhatsApp adds fingerprint lock for Android users to prevent friends and family from viewing your private messages if you leave your phone unattended
- Users must scan their fingerprint before they can read messages
- A similar feature was introduced earlier this year on WhatsApp for iOS
- This is the first time the feature has been available on Android devices
WhatsApp introduces a new feature for Android users: a fingerprint lock that prevents your friends and family from viewing your private messages when you leave the room.
If Android users choose to enable the new feature on their phone, anyone trying to access WhatsApp must scan their fingerprint before they can read the messages stored in the app.
A similar feature was introduced earlier this year on WhatsApp for iOS, allowing iPhone users to protect their messages with the phone's fingerprint reader (Touch ID) or Apple's face recognition system (Face ID).
However, this is the first time the feature has been available on Android devices, giving an & # 39; extra security layer & # 39; offers for WhatsApp users who have devices that use the Google software.
WhatsApp users who enable the feature must verify their identity with the fingerprint reader on their Android smartphone
WhatsApp for Android users can enable the new feature by opening the WhatApp app and going to Settings> Account> Privacy> Fingerprint Lock.
Here they can unlock the function & # 39; fingerprint & # 39; switch on and select whether the lock is activated immediately, after one minute or after 30 minutes.
In addition to preventing curious friends from reading your private messages, the new feature may make it harder for police, intelligence services and other law enforcement agencies to read messages sent by criminals and terrorists.
The app has been criticized in the past because of the & # 39; unbreakable & # 39; end-to-end coding system, which means that only people can see the content in conversations.
The app has already been criticized for the unbreakable end-to-end coding system, which means that only the user can see the content (file photo)
The security system blocks governments and law enforcement officials from intercepting messages from people who may use the platform for illegal activities.
Last year, WhatsApp admitted that its coding software could be misused by criminals and terrorists.
This followed revelations that security services were powerless to gain access to reports from Westminster attacker Khalid Masood after his death in 2017.
The then Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised & # 39; time & # 39; to call on internet companies that terrorists & # 39; a place to hide & # 39; to give.
& # 39; We must ensure that organizations such as WhatsApp, and so many more, do not provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other, & # 39; Shortly after the attack Mrs. Rudd told BBC Andrew Marr, in which five people were killed.
The new print verification can make it even more difficult for security services to access encrypted communications from potential criminals.
HOW CAN USERS DOWNLOAD THEIR WHATSAPP REPORT?
After updating its privacy settings in accordance with GDPR, WhatsApp has added a feature to increase transparency for its users.
This feature becomes & # 39; Request Account Information & # 39; and allows WhatsApp users to download their account information.
It gives people access to all data that WhatsApp has about them.
This information is stored on WhatsApp's servers and contains information such as profile pictures & even group chat names.
Other information includes the make and model of the device used, their contacts and any blocked numbers.
It is important to note that the report will not contain any messages, although that option is also available through a separate function.
How to request a report
- Go to WhatsApp settings
- Select the Account option
- Press the new option with the name & # 39; Request Account Info & # 39;
- Tap Request Report
- The screen is updated with Request sent
WhatsApp claims that the report will be available about 3 days after the requested date.
Once the report is created and ready, users can download it.
How to download the report
- Go to WhatsApp settings
- Click on Account
- Select the button & # 39; request account information & # 39;
- Download report.
A ZIP file is then downloaded to the device and contains an HTML file.
After successful download, WhatsApp users can export their report.
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