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WhatsApp rolls out ‘Fingerprint lock’ feature on Android

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If you use WhatsApp on Android then there’s finally some good news about security.

The Facebook-owned app has now begun testing a fingerprint lock feature which means your messages stay blocked even if your phone’s home screen has been left open.

Once this feature is activated, users will have to scan their finger before the app launches and reveals your private conversations.

This setting has been available on the iPhone for some time with users able to block access to WhatsApp until their identity has been verified by the Face ID scanner.

Switching this option on means your messages are kept more secure especially as there’s the ability to have this setting on at all times.

iPhone users can currently set WhatsApp to need verification immediately or after a set time such as 1 minute, 15 minutes or 1 hour.

It seems on Android, users will have three option which includes the ability to ‘automatically lock immediately, after 1 minute and after 30 minutes.

Although this update has now been pushed out to beta testers there’s no word on when a global launch will begin.

You can check to see if your Android phone has this feature by heading to WhatsApp; Settings; Account; Privacy; Fingerprint lock.

The news of this security upgrade comes after a shock flaw was recently discovered in this popular app.

According to the team at Check Point Research, the issue could allow cyber attackers to intercept and manipulate messages sent in both private and group conversations.

One of the reasons this issue is so serious is that, if exploited, it could give attackers the power to create and spread misinformation from what appear to be trusted sources.

The firm said that they revealed some of these vulnerabilities to the Facebook-owned app late last year but the problem still appears to exist.

There’s no word from Facebook on why these issues haven’t been addressed although WhatsApp has fixed one vulnerability which enabled threat actors to send a private message to another group participant disguised as a public message for all.

In a post on its blog, the Check Point team said: “Following the process of Responsible Disclosure, Check Point Research informed WhatsApp of its findings. From Check Point Research’s perspective, we believe these vulnerabilities to be of the utmost importance and require attention.”

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BREAKING: Obaseki wins again as Court dismisses alleged case of certificate forgery

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Records of Obaseki's Admission and Graduation are intact in the archives of UI, Registrar Confirms

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the alleged certificate forgery suit brought against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of its members, Edobor Williams.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a judgment a moment ago, held that the plaintiffs failed to prove their claim that Obaseki forged his academic certificates that he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the last governorship election in the state.

The judge found as lazy, the attitude of the plaintiffs, who did no make any efforts to cross-check from the University of Ibadan (UI) and the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the two institutions that issued the certificates they claimed Obaseki forged.

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Missing 12-Year-Old Girl Found Alive With Her Throat Slit After 5 Days Inside Soakaway In Delta

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12-year-old Blessing Ineh, who reportedly went missing in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta, has been found alive inside a soakaway.

It was gathered the the young girl was last seen on New Year Day after she was sent on an errand by her parents.

She was found inside a soakaway located behind her family house on Tuesday, January 5, after a child heard her whimpering and raised an alarm.

According to reports by popular Warri online news portal, Warri Aproko, the young girl was abducted by three men, allegedly stabbed on the back and her throat slit before she was dumped in the soakaway.

Her body was found covered in white chalk which seems to suggest that it was a case of attempted ritual murder by suspected internet fraudsters.

The victim is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

Meanwhile, it was further learnt that Blessing revealed that her neighbour identified simply as “General” was one of the men behind the dastardly act.

According to the victim, General was the one who lured and whisked her away in a car. After they were done, the men dumped her inside the soakaway to die.

The suspect is said to have disappeared from the compound since the day the girl went missing.


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