— WhatsApp sets to introduce Apple’s TouchID, FaceID to stop friends, partners or parents reading your secret messages
- Your Whatsapp account is a treasure trove of embarrassing information.
- The Messaging app wants to stop friends, partners or parents reading your secret messages
- WhatsApp declares war on snoops and busybodies who want to read other people’s personal missives
Now the Facebook-owned app has decided to make sure all your secrets are safe from prying eyes. It is reportedly planning to add a feature which will use Apple’s TouchID and FaceID to stop people accessing users’ private messages.
FaceID works by scanning an iPhone owner’s beautiful features whilst TouchID requires a fingerprint.
Normally, these security mechanisms are used to unlock phones. But WABetaInfo, a website which digs through the code in beta versions of Whatsapp to discover hidden features, said both will soon be used to lock down private messages.
It said there will soon be an option within the Whatsapp settings called TouchID. Once this is enabled, you’ll need to prove your identity by scanning your face or fingerprint to read messages.
‘When Touch ID (or Face ID) is enabled, WhatsApp adds a major protection level to the app: in order to use it, everytime you open WhatsApp, the authentication is required,’ it wrote.
‘We don’t know when the feature will be publicly available for everyone, seen that this is still in an alpha stage.’ The iPhone X, XS and XR feature FaceID, whereas every phone after the 2013 iPhone 5S features TouchID.