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WhatsApp working on fingerprint authentication for chats - Report

San Francisco, Jan 9 (IANS): Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on a fingerprint authentication feature to protect its users' chats from being seen by others.

According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the feature is current under development in Beta for Android 2.19.3 version.

"After working to implement Face ID and Touch ID features on iOS (that aren't available yet for development reasons), WhatsApp has finally started to work on the Authentication feature on Android, using your Fingerprint!" said the report on Tuesday.

The fingerprint authentication feature will be available within the app under a new section.

Once you enable the fingerprint feature, your WhatsApp will be completely protected from others to be seen.

"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 added.

This feature would be available in future for any Android user (and later for iOS users too) having Android Marshmallow and newer operating systems and a fingerprint sensor.

Comment on this article

  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    In future we can vote also through Whatsapp LOL...

    Fingerprint with Aadhar identity!!!

    When these people can do so much with whatsapp

    Why our govt cannot do the alternative to EVM through Aadhan identity for voting ??

    Why we need so many documents, Ration card, Voting card, Aadhar car etc..... lets get link to of Aadhar card to A to Z for hospitals, govt offices and for privite offices also.

    if i became PM.... my frist priority will be ONE MAN - ONE IDENTITY for everything !! :)

    unlike modi has, Fakir, chaukidhar, feku etc.....LOL

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  • Tilak, London

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    Voting with Aadhar is extremely dangerous and should not be fed into these moron's ears. For one, the elected govt will know who voted who (even though the Election Commission is independent, Aadhar is not). Second, subsidies, benefits etc could be given preferrentially to the people/ethnicity that voted for them.

    Regarding the topic at hand, there are third party tools available to lock apps, Whatsapp is natively building it. Time for Google to build into the platform so that you can lock any apps without need to download third party apps.

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  • Jack, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 10 2019

    Wow. Nicely said. You have done your homework.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Wed, Jan 9 2019

    This is good move by the Tech giant.., to fix & save people succumb to FEKUISM...,
    Nahi chalega... Nahi chalega..., aane wale din WhatsApp meh FEKUISM nahi chalega....!!!

    If not in 2019 .., there should be a research to fix EVM...., at least in future....!!!!

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