WhatsApp is a popular messaging programme accessed via many platforms, such as Android, iOS, and desktop computers. The Meta-owned instant messaging service constantly introduces new functionality to its client on various devices to improve the user experience. According to reports, the business just updated the WhatsApp Desktop beta client. This feature enabled beta testers to send media with a caption to their computers. According to reports, the business is testing a new security feature for WhatsApp’s desktop client.
WhatsApp desktop beta users will be able to secure the software by entering a password.
WhatsApp release Companion mode for Android Beta
WhatsApp Companion mode is now available to select Android beta testers. The new version, published alongside WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206, allows users to link their existing WhatsApp account to another Android smartphone or tablet. WhatsApp users will be able to connect up to four devices at the same time. To enable the companion function, navigate to WhatsApp settings and select ‘Linked Devices.’ Connect secondary devices to your WhatsApp account using the automatically produced QR code.
The app, like WhatsApp Desktop, will sync the chat history and other data on the attached secondary device. Note that the Companion mode is presently in beta. Therefore, many functionalities will be unavailable, such as live location and broadcast list management. With future upgrades, WhatsApp will make the functionality available to everyone.
WhatsApp for Desktop getting Password Lock
Meta is investigating how to lock WhatsApp on a PC to prevent misuse or unwanted access. According to reports, the “Screen Lock” function is being tested and will soon be available in a beta form. WhatsApp for desktops is a straightforward application. It has a similar UI and offers various functions seen in smartphone apps. Users cannot, however, secure the app individually. The platform is vulnerable to unlawful use if a PC or laptop with WhatsApp installed is left unattended.
On smartphones, including iOS and Android, the WhatsApp app is typically protected by the device’s normal security levels. Furthermore, the program provides an optional feature to prevent illegal use. On smartphones, including iOS and Android, the WhatsApp app is typically protected by the device’s normal security levels. Furthermore, the program provides an optional feature to prevent illegal use.
Users of Android and iOS devices typically safeguard their devices with security measures that require a fingerprint, PIN, or the user’s face to open the device. After unlocking their devices, users may open the app with their fingerprints on an Android smartphone or Touch ID or Face ID on an iPhone.
How to Secure WhatsApp for Desktop?
Smartphones often have a fingerprint scanner and a front-facing camera to accommodate biometric security features. These functions may be lacking in desktop PCs and laptops. As a result, Meta appears to be exploring the option to lock WhatsApp for desktops using a password. Meta may make the functionality available as an option. In other words, like the Android and iOS versions, WhatsApp for desktops may use the messaging platform without adding an extra layer of protection.
If the user needs to remember the passcode, the tested functionality includes a relatively crude method of unlocking WhatsApp for the desktop. While changing a password may seem straightforward, resetting it now requires users to check out of their WhatsApp desktop app and log back in by pairing their mobile with the QR code. Users can also use their smartphones to log out of the WhatsApp app installed and running on a desktop or laptop computer, ultimately resetting the passcode.
WhatsApp Desktop Beta Screen Lock Feature
The new screen lock functionality on WhatsApp’s desktop beta client is still in the works and is only available to beta testers. This functionality will be accessible to all users in the coming days via an update.
Password will be secured
The needed login password is kept locally, which implies it will be more secure because it will not share with the platform. According to the article, retrieving a password is relatively simple if one forgets it. If the password has to be changed, the user must log out of the app and log back in by scanning the QR code with their device.
According to the report, the company also intends to use the feature that allows users to lock the app using Touch ID on a Mac. In other news, WhatsApp recently announced a new feature enabling users to find, message, and buy from businesses.
How will it work?
The screen lock function will prompt users to provide a password each time they attempt to use the program. This option is helpful for users who must share their computers with others, such as family, friends, and coworkers. It is also worth noting that this function may be activated or removed at the user’s choice. Users can use this function when sharing their computers and turn it off when they are the only ones utilizing the PC.
These passwords will be kept on your computer and will not be shared with WhatsApp. When users need to remember their password(s), they must exit the programme and re-enter WhatsApp Desktop by scanning the QR code with their mobile. When a fingerprint sensor becomes available, WhatsApp may offer a security feature for Mac users to lock the app using Touch ID.