A TIKTOK star has highlighted a neat way to hide your WhatsApp chats from snoopers.
In a recent video, user @azzharuddin2009 showed how to lock app chats with facial recognition or fingerprint scanning on an iPhone.
It means your chats are protected from prying eyes even when your iPhone is unlocked.
To set this up, you need to go to your WhatsApp settings by tapping the gear icon at the bottom of the screen.
Light weight Account > Privacy > Lock screen. From here, you can turn on Touch ID or Face ID.
You will also be able to choose the minimum amount of time you want to pass before your biometric ID is requested again.
Now, whenever you open WhatsApp, you will be asked to enter a printout or scan your face to access your chats.
That means if you hand your phone over to someone, you can be sure they won’t slyly spy on your chats.
However, you can still read and quickly reply to messages in the notification window on your device, so this tool is not absolute.
To really lock your iPhone, you can always turn off all message previews in your device settings.
Whether you’re given the option to lock your chats with Face ID or Touch ID will depend on the iPhone model you’re using.
Face ID is available on every model after the 2017 iPhone X, while those released before it use Touch ID.
WhatsApp has made a series of changes in recent weeks designed to enhance user privacy.
On Monday, the US chat app start rolling out the update blocks people not in your contacts from seeing your “last seen” status.
“Last seen” is the timestamp that appears on your WhatsApp profile and chats to show up when you last opened the app.
It is possible to hide it in your WhatsApp settings, but so far it is visible to everyone by default.
Once updated, only your contacts and people you’ve chatted with will see your status, keeping your last use of the app a secret from all but your contacts.
And last week, WhatsApp announced that it was expanding the disappearing messages feature to make sure they disappear after a certain amount of time.
Users can now set texts to self-destruct after 24 hours, seven days, or 90 days. You can now also set all your messages to disappear by default.
In other news, Samsung is said to be killing Its favorite Note smartphone after more than a decade.
Apple has announced that it will allow customers fix their own iPhone for the first time starting next year.
The UK is fighting a Translation of hacking attacks targeted at consumers and businesses, according to officials.
And, NASA has slam Russia after a rocket it fired at one of its own satellites forced the space station to perform an emergency diversion.
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