The security over your messages is one of the options users expect form the providing companies. This option has been provided on different platforms by different measures. Fingerprint authentication is one of the security measures at hand. WhatsApp’s fingerprint ID is on its way and we will discuss this under development feature in this piece.
End-to-end encryption is one of the security measures to ensure users of their data security. Another security measure is choosing a pass-code for the messaging account. With the fingerprint technology on devices, using a fingerprint ID has become another trending feature. Telegram uses this option as another way to access your account.
Many apps have adapted to fingerprint authentication for devices with the Touch ID feature. Different kinds of apps use this Android native element. To mention a few fields apps have this feature: finance, general security, personal content. Google Play also support fingerprint authentication for purchasing apps, movie, and music.
However, the fingerprint authentication has its own downfall as well. Yet the ease of using to unlock, signing in into your accounts masks the dangers. Imagine if an attacker, brute bugler if you will, try and physically hurt you in order to use your fingerprint. Not to picture you a awful scene but this could potentially happen.
WhatsApp’s Fingerprint Authentication Development
WhatsApp, as one of the most secure apps in the market has yet to apply this feature into their app. WhatsApp had already started on Touch ID and Face ID features on iOS according to wabetainfo. Yet WhatsApp’s fingerprint ID on Android is on its way. WhatsApp is in the alpha phase of the development of the feature.
WhatsApp’ fingerprint ID protects the whole app. This feature does not include each chat in particular. With this feature you don’t need to choose the app manually from settings of your device to use fingerprint ID.
WhatsApp is known as one of the most popular messaging apps. This is mainly because off the security it provides for its users. End-to-end encryption, and now WhatsApp’s fingerprint ID has added to the security of this messaging app. Although this might be a positive move towards security but another security issue rises here. The fact that messaging apps are getting more secure give terrorists and criminals easier ways to communicate. The encrypted and now WhatsApp’s Fingerprint ID secured messaging is a security risk. Communications out of the reach of the governments’ preventive surveillance has raised the red flags for security officials.
After the five attacks in British soil in 2017 the concerns were raised. The concerns led to governments legislative actions. Theresa May said “enough is enough” in announcing plans to introduce new anti-terror laws. Moreover she asked the world to take part in making new internet regulations. She blamed Internet providers and companies like WhatsApp giving opportunity to extremists and terrorists.
One security measure UK took in form of a law is the 15 year imprisonment for watching terrorism content online. Another 15 year imprisonment is for those who post information about armed forces members and staff. These laws bring out the fact that content that users don’t download and just watch in streams has security consequences.