WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in the world with over 1, 5 billion accounts active each month. The app is completely free but it was quite popular even in the past when it required $1 per year after the first year in order to be able to us.
Many fans love the fact that unlike other messaging apps WhatsApp doesn’t push ads of any type in your face. As the user base continues to expand the app could change in the future but it is likely that the no-ads promise will remain.
Some user argues that the app should include an additional layer of protection in order to protect your personal messages. There is always the option to use an additional app in order to block access to WhatsApp but adding optional security options seems to be more intuitive.
WhatsApp heard the feedback and the latest update will allow iPhone users to secure the app by using either Face ID or Touch ID. Those that opt to enable the optional security feature will be able to preview their messages and reply but a full unlock will be needed in order to answer to voice or video calls and access advanced features.
How to enable the feature on your device:
- Open the app
- Go to Settings
- Look for the Account menu and tap on it
- Look for the Privacy submenu and tap on it
- Enable Screen Lock
Facebook is facing some issues after a report suggested that the company plans to merge WhatsApp, the Messenger app and Instagram into a single app. This would allow users to communicate directly with each other while end-to-end encryption should keep the conversations safe.
Android users are able to access a beta version of WhatsApp that allows users to lock their app by enabling fingerprint verification. A stable release should arrive in the following weeks.
Jeff Wilkinson is a Senior Politics Reporter at Debate Report covering provincial and national politics, . Before joining Debate Report, Jeff worked on several provincial campaigns including Jack Layton. Jeff has worked as a freelance journalist in Toronto, having been published by over 20 outlets including CBC, the Center for Media and VICE.com.