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WhatsApp to introduce new privacy feature for desktop version

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A 3D printed Whatsapp logo is placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration taken Jan. 21, 2021. — Reuters
A 3D printed Whatsapp logo is placed on a computer motherboard in this illustration taken Jan. 21, 2021. — Reuters

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp is always working for the privacy and security of users and is working on a new feature that would allow people to secure the desktop version.

According to WaBetaInfo, this new feature will allow users to protect the desktop version of the app by setting up a password.

This feature was available for beta users for Android and iOS, however, WhatsApp is now developing a solution to bring the screen lock option to the desktop beta. 

— WaBetaInfo
— WaBetaInfo

The users will have to enter a password every single time they open the application as shown in the screenshot above. This is useful for people who share their PCs. 

"Note that enabling this feature is optional and probably, the user will have more control over it by choosing when the app should require the password," said the WhatsApp news tracker. 

Also, WhatsApp will not know the password as it is always saved locally. In case a user loses or forgets the password, they will have to log out of the app and log in again to the desktop by linking the device with a QR code. 

This feature is not available as of yet as it is still being developed. It will be released in a future update

"As additional news, WhatsApp may also implement a feature that lets users lock the app by using Touch ID on a Mac when a fingerprint sensor is available," it added.