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WhatsApp working on fingerprint authentication for chats: Report

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Facebook-owned is reportedly working on a feature to protect its users' chats from being seen by others.

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

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

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

Once you enable the 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 user (and later for iOS users too) having Marshmallow and newer and a fingerprint sensor.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 10:18 IST
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