WhatsApp, biometric authentication on desktop

WhatsApp, biometric authentication on desktop
WhatsApp has announced an important new feature that will make the use of the desktop messaging service safer. To connect the account with WhatsApp Web and applications for Windows and macOS it is possible to take advantage of biometric authentication, a feature that has long been available for accessing apps on Android and iOS.

WhatsApp safer on desktop

As is known, WhatsApp requires a phone number, so the use of a smartphone is mandatory. However, it is also possible to use the service on a computer, after connecting by scanning a QR code shown in the browser or application.

To avoid unauthorized access and the consequent violation of privacy, Facebook has added an additional layer of security, namely biometric authentication. If the user has activated fingerprint unlocking or facial recognition in the mobile app settings, the same process will be applied to the connection with WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop, before scanning the aforementioned QR code.

The feature will be active by default, so those who do not want to use it must disable biometric authentication for apps as well. All data relating to the recognition of the fingerprint or face will remain on the smartphone. Facebook will not have access to any information.

The news will be available through an update that will be released in the coming weeks. The Menlo Park company has promised to implement other security measures. One of them involves sending a notification to the smartphone when someone accesses the service from a browser or desktop application.

Source: Engadget

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