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WhatsApp update: Android users can now use fingerprint lock for extra security

A WhatsApp update to boost security for android users has been announced. Being one of the biggest social media platforms in the world, WhatsApp has taken another step to meet the security needs of android users.  This wasannounced in a recent blog post ; the new upgrade requires the user to verify access to the app via a fingerprint feature that previously available to only iPhone users. As was stated in its blog post,

‘Earlier this year, we rolled out Touch ID and Face ID for iPhone to provide an extra layer of security for users. Today we’re introducing similar authentication, allowing you to unlock the app with your finger print, on supported android devices’

Screenshots of WhatsApp's new fingerprint feature

This upgrade might be due to recent increase in WhatsApp account hacks and attacks. Various complaints has led to increased concerns as regards the safety of users of the social media platform. It provides a useful way to stop unauthorized access to your WhatsApp even while your phone is unlocked.

This feature could bring WhatsApp’s android version’s security to an equivalent of its IOS version. However, with the Face unlock feature not yet in the android version, the IOS still stays ahead of Android.

To enjoy this feature, you are required to update their app to its latest version via the android play store. To enable the finger print lock, tap Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint lock. Turn on Unlock with finger print, and confirm your fingerprint.

It is believed that this upgrade will boost user confidence which reduced due to cases of account hacks.

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