WhatsApp Bug Lets iPhone Users Bypass New Privacy Controls

Here is still another reason to not use WhatsApp, a text messaging and voice calling service owned by the now infamous Facebook.

WhatsApp’s new privacy feature allows iPhone users to require Touch ID or Face ID — fingerprint or facial recognition — to open the app. Users are able to bypass those log-in methods by using the iPhone’s “share” function to send files over WhatsApp.

“We are aware of the issue and a fix will be available shortly. In the meantime, we recommend that people set the screen lock option to ‘immediately,’” a WhatsApp spokesperson said by email.

Details may be found in an article in the Reuters news service at: http://tinyurl.com/yxtyqp88.

This new bug is in addition to a different bug discovered last month that could expose your messages to strangers. (See http://tinyurl.com/y4pg4lz9.)

WhatsApp has had a long history of various privacy bugs. (See http://tinyurl.com/y2oxpnxn.)

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