WhatsApp made a name for itself as a secure messaging platform with the use of end-to-end encryption. Despite being owned by Facebook, it just released an update that promotes the quest for security, supporting Touch ID and Face ID.
Security is something we would all like to increase, and while loose lips sink ships, poor instant messaging security can be even worse. If you don't want your WhatsApp messages to fall into the wrong hands, here's how to make sure your messages are as secure as possible.
WhatsApp has two main sources of security in keeping your messages away from anyone who may want to snoop, with the above-mentioned end-to-end encryption now connected to biometric security as a way to unlock them messages.
How to verify that WhatsApp chats are encrypted
All new WhatsApp chats are automatically set with end-to-end encryption by default, but you can also confirm that a chat is encrypted if you want to be 100% sure. With encryption enabled, neither WhatsApp nor third parties can read your messages, so it is worth ensuring that it works if you are concerned about your privacy.
To check a chat, open WhatsApp and select the current chat. Then click on the chat name at the top of the screen.
The next screen is where all the options that belong to the chat are available. Scroll down and look for the line "Encryption." Here you see confirmation that the chat is encrypted. You can press the line to see more information.
How to Enable Face ID or Affected ID
To enable biometric security via either Face ID or Touch ID, depending on the device you are using, open WhatsApp and tap Settings.
Next, press "Account".
When the account screen is opened, tap "Privacy."
The Privacy menu displays a new option at the bottom of the screen. Press "Screen Lock" to proceed.
Finally, change the face ID option or press ID to "On" mode.
And that's all there is. Now, your messages will be encrypted from end to end and protected by biometric verification.