If you are very protective of your WhatsApp chats, then your problem may be solved soon. Facebook owned WhatsApp is working on fingerprint authentication feature to protect the chats. It means, the user whose fingerprint is registered with the app will be the only person able to open WhatsApp and use it. As per a report by WABetaInfo, the Facebook-owned app has rolled out the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.3 update where the new authentication feature for Android users was spotted.
In the report, it also states that after working on the Face ID and Touch ID integration on WhatsApp for iOS, the app has started to work on the WhatsApp fingerprint authentication for Android OS. However, Face ID and Touch ID integration for iOS is not available yet because of development reasons.
"The user will need to authenticate his identity in order to open WhatsApp (from the app icon, from the notification or from external pickers). It will protect the entire app, so it's not used to lock specific conversations’’, the report adds.
Meanwhile, the fingerprint authentication feature will be available for Android users only in the beginning. The iOS user will be able to secure their app with this technology later.
Recently, WhatsApp also suffered from a malware named, ‘WhatsApp Gold’ where users are being notified about 'a secret update' for the Facebook-owned instant messaging app. However, if you have also come across such messages, do not fall for it as the latest update request is nothing but an all-new trap to lure into downloading malware through WhatsApp. WhatsApp, which is known for introducing new features and updates now and then, had become the victim of similar incident in 2016 as well.
The message, asking users to download the fake update - 'WhatsApp Gold' reads, "Hey Finally Secret WhatsApp golden version has been leaked, this version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too". The widely circulated message also states that a video called "Martinelli" will come out tomorrow which according to reports will hack your phone