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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsWhatsApp is now rolling out an update on iOS which lets users further protect their chats with the help of iPhone's onboard biometric authentication. WhatsApp already has end-to-end encryption making it one of the more secure instant messaging apps. However, the new update is set to make it even more secure. WhatsApp has now started to roll out an update where users can protect the app with either Touch ID or FaceID authentication depending on the iPhone model you use. Your facial data and fingerprint data will remain encrypted in the phone and WhatsApp will not be getting access to your personal biometric data. © MensXP-Akshay Bhalla Setting up this feature is fairly simple as you need to open WhatsApp, head to setting > account > privacy and select “screen lock”. You can then select the option “Require Face ID” or “Require Touch ID”. Select the preferred time you want the feature to kick in. When replying to messages or answering calls from the lock screen, WhatsApp does not require additional authentication. © YouTube However, if someone knows your PIN, then they will be able to access your WhatsApp the same way you will be able to. It's needless to say that you should be keeping your PIN safe to prevent people from accessing your WhatsApp chats and in-app purchases from other applications that provide micro-transactions. As of now, this feature is only available to iPhone users; however, Android users will be getting a similar feature in the near future. The system that enables Android devices for protecting apps is mostly the same as Apple's and Android users will be able to take advantage of the feature very soon. Will you be protecting your WhatsApp with the new feature? What would be your primary purpose? Let us know in the comments if you love the newly added security on WhatsApp or not.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsNobody likes to be snooped upon, and with chatting becoming our primary medium of communication, it's always best to safeguard these apps. Up till now, you'd have to depend on third-party app lockers or ROM support to lock them using a PIN, Pattern or Fingerprint. But thanks to a new oncoming update, you won't need external help anymore. © Reuters WhatsApp is currently working on adding fingerprint authentication on Android, according to a report by WABetaInfo. In a separate report, WhatsApp was said to be working on a similar feature for iOS with support for two biometric authentication methods – Face ID and Touch ID. © Apple These in-app locking mechanisms aren't new and a plethora of apps have been locking themselves in a similar way. While a lot of IMs are trying to incorporate this, financial apps have long depended on these sources of authentication. The report notes that the feature currently has no timeline for when it will be released to users, but it is definitely in the works. The feature will allow users to unlock WhatsApp and all the chats inside it using the same fingerprint scanner that you will use to unlock the phone. WhatsApp hasn't officially announced the feature yet. But it has already been spotted in recent beta versions of the application. © Reuters It is worth pointing out here that WhatsApp does not have any in-app lock feature. Last year, Alan Kao, a Software Engineer at WhatsApp, had acknowledged that the company had received a lot of request for such a feature. Currently, the WhatsApp app supports two-step authentication with a code. Once users turn on this feature, the code is required to log in to the app, though not always. The code is asked once in a week to continue encryption of chats. © MensXP While you always have the option of using a third party locker, an inbuilt functionality is always prefered as you don't have to mess with pesky ads, and the number of background processes is reduced. The outlet notes that the functionality is still at the alpha stage of development, suggesting it'll be months before it actually launches. Additionally, the report also stated that the new WhatsApp beta version will also get a new and improved Audio picker where users will be able to preview the audio files before sending them. Source: WABetaInfo
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsWhatsApp has announced the launch of its first revenue-generating channel and it's not as simple as just serving ads. The instant messenger was acquired by Facebook, and since then it was always expected that ads will be coming to the app sometime in future. For now, a WhatsApp spokesperson has confirmed TechCrunch that the chat app is planning to run ads inside the Status tab of the app. The ads will be powered by Facebook's native advertising system and will "help familiarise users with business" on WhatsApp. Starting from 2019, WhatsApp will start showing ads in the Status tab. © Reuters Currently, Facebook is also using the same technique on Instagram to push ads. While they are natively shown in the feed as well as stories, when it comes to WhatsApp, there are concerns surrounding the use of chat history for ad targeting. Thankfully, WhatsApp has firmly always said that all chat content is encrypted and cannot be viewed by the company itself. On the other hand, the company is also launching new Business APIs that will let businesses respond to messages from users for free for up to 24 hours. After the 24 hour period, companies will be charged for sending messages to the users. © WhatsApp What this means is, you can soon expect companies to start contacting you via WhatsApp Messenger instead of normal text SMS. BookMyShow has been running a pilot for quite a few months in India wherein it sends the booked ticket details over WhatsApp. In the same way, even Myntra has been trying to send out order confirmations and updates via the instant messenger. According to the company, there is a fixed rate per country for messages delivered via WhatsApp and that price vary significantly per country: “In general, the range for these messages is roughly half of $0.01 to $0.09 per message delivered.” © Reuters WhatsApp has been free to use since its inception, while the company did charge a nominal fee in the early stage, it soon stopped the subscription model and has been completely free to use since then. The app has 2.23 billion active users worldwide and is the top instant messaging choice for everyone. Source: TechCrunch