WhatsApp is working on a new feature to prevent inquisitive friends from paging through your messages, according to a new report.
The company will do this by adding Touch ID and Face ID authentication to the messaging app.
The Touch ID is available on iPhones with iOS 8 or higher, while the Face ID is available for iPhone X, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs and Xs Max.
WhatsApp is working on a new feature to prevent inquisitive friends from scrolling through your messages. The company will do this by adding Touch ID and Face ID authentication to the messaging app
According to Wabetainfo, the new feature, which is still under development, will be displayed in the privacy settings under "Touch ID".
Users have the option of activating the function or not.
If the Touch ID or Face ID is enabled, users must authenticate each time they open the app.
Users must enter the device unlock code if the face or fingerprint ID can not authenticate.
It is not clear when the feature could be released for iPhone, and it is not known if developers will create a similar system for Android.
MailOnline contacted WhatsApp for a comment.
For the feature that is still in development, users must enter the unlock code of the device if users can not authenticate with the face or fingerprint ID (screenshot).
Just last month, a worrying WhatsApp hack meant that cyber criminals could access people's accounts.
According to Naked Security, a blog from British security firm Sophos, scammers have attempted to gain access to a user account by using only low-security voicemail mailboxes.
The attacks became so widespread that Israel's National Cyber Security Authority unleashed a nationwide warning.
To begin, attackers attempt to install the WhatsApp app with a legitimate phone number of the user on their own phone.
WhatsApp tries to verify the login attempt by sending a six-digit verification code via SMS to the victim's phone.
Hackers try to do this if the victim (eg at night) does not check the phone.
Israeli security officials have warned that the attack has increased in recent weeks.
They recommend that users enable two-factor authentication for their account, which adds an extra layer of security to your account.
"Using application-based 2FA significantly reduces the risk because these mobile authentication apps are not based on communicating with phone numbers," said Sophos researchers.
Users can do this by navigating to Settings in WhatsApp and then tapping Account. Navigate to the "2-step verification" heading and tap "Enable."
Experts also say that users should make sure they have a fixed PIN in their voicemail inbox.
HOW CAN USERS DOWNLOAD YOUR WHATSAPP REPORT?
After updating the privacy settings in accordance with the DSBVO, WhatsApp adds a feature to increase user visibility.
This feature is called "Request Account Information" and allows WhatsApp users to download their account information.
It provides access to all data WhatsApp has stored on them.
This information is stored on WhatsApp servers and contains information such as profile photos and even names of group chats.
Other information includes the brand and model of the device used, their contacts, and any blocked numbers.
Note that the report does not contain messages, although this option is also available through a separate feature.
How to request a report
- Go to WhatsApp Settings
- Select the Account option
- Click on the new option "Request account information".
- Tap Request Report
- The screen is updated on request
WhatsApp indicates that the report is available about 3 days after the requested date.
Once the report is created and ready, users can download it.
To download the report
- Go to WhatsApp Settings
- Click Account
- Select the "Request Account Information" button
- Download the report
A ZIP file is then downloaded to the device and contains an HTML file.
After successful download WhatsApp users can export their report.