“Chats for your eyes only”: WhatsApp announces updates – Panorama

For the web version there should be face recognition –
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WhatsApp wants to increase the security of its service with two updates.


29.01.2021
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On the other hand, security should be increased when using the desktop version: Previously, the user had to scan a QR code with a smartphone in order to be able to receive and send messages on the computer.


As WhatsApp announced now via Twitter, users must now log in via biometrics settings as part of the update.

The instant messaging service offers face recognition and fingerprint as options. WhatsApp clarified that both variables are not seen by the company. Since the update has been rolling out since last Thursday, it should arrive in Germany soon.

The smartphone app will also be enhanced with another function that should provide added security: the Read Later feature. Messages should not appear suddenly on the screen, but recipients can specify that they want to read the message later. WhatsApp previously offered the archive function, although messages from archived chats appeared on the screen as well.


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With two updates to its web and smartphone app, WhatsApp pursues the goal of protecting personal recordings and messages from hacker attacks, according to the slogan “Chats for your eyes only”.

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