WhatsApp has a new feature in beta which could help users protect their chats in the future. At the moment, WhatsApp boasts end-to-end encryption making your conversations safe from interception.
However, local security on smartphones has not really been a thing until now. Anyone who could access your phone would be able to access your chats.
The beta feature is designed to make your local WhatsApp chats more secure by adding authentication when opening the app. Yes, the beta feature will give users the ability to lock the WhatsApp app.
How does the new feature work?
It will require a password or fingerprint before opening the app. In addition, the app will not allow the user to take screenshots of chats if they do happen to get into the app.
The app lock will also support auto-locking after a certain time has passed. This means that your phone remains secure even when you forget to close the app.
These features will definitely add an extra layer to the current non-existent security on the application, which many South Africans use to share sensitive financial and personal information on.
Facebook safety concerns
While you probably shouldn’t be using an app that’s owned by Facebook and exists to make a profit for your any sensitive information, this is at least a step in the right direction.
Though you should probably consider using the Telegram app if security is your primary concern. You don’t want to worry about the possibility of Facebook reading your WhatsApp messages to sell you stuff.
Just remember to use a secure passcode and a different code to the one you use for your phone. As good as the “no screenshots” feature sounds, what will stop someone from photographing your screen with their phone?
Please note, these features are not available in the full version of Whatsapp yet. It might not make it out of beta into the final version of WhatsApp in their current form.