WhatsApp Becomes Safer as it Adds Biometric Authentication for WhatsApp web and Desktop

This added level of security will block others from linking your WhatsApp to the computer in your absence. It will slowly be rolled out in the coming weeks

WhatsApp has added a new security feature on WhatsApp Web and WhatsApp Desktop. This added level of security will block others from linking your WhatsApp account to the computer in your absence. The feature will be slowly rolled out in the coming weeks. Before anyone expresses their doubts about the safety of this feature, WhatsApp has made it clear that it will not save the biometric data of users.

The company announced the arrival of this feature with a tweet that said, ”

Today we’re starting to roll out a new security feature for WhatsApp Web and Desktop: face and fingerprint unlock when linking devices. WhatsApp does not see your face or fingerprint data.

The feature is available for both Android and iOS devices. Before this, users had to scan a QR code to log in to the WhatsApp web. This added layer of security will also notify users if anyone is trying to access their WhatsApp account on the web. Users will be able to unlink their WhatsApp account with a few taps to secure their account.

WhatsApp has explained that to complete the linking process users will first have to use the Face ID feature of the Fingerprint sensor on their smartphone first, then finish the process using the QR code to stay signed in to their accounts.

Here are the steps you have to follow to complete the authentication process:

For Android

  • Open WhatsApp on your smartphone and go to ‘More Settings’.
  • Tap on ‘Link a Device’
  • Complete all the steps to set up biometric authentication on your device.
  • On the QR Screen that is displayed, select the checkbox beside the ‘Keep me signed in’ option
  • Finally, scan the QR Code with your phone and tap on Done

For iOS

  • Open WhatsApp on your device and go to WhatsApp settings
  • Next, tap on the ‘Link a Device’ option. Use the Face ID feature or Touch ID feature if your phone supports iOS 14 and above
  • On the QR Screen that is displayed, select the checkbox beside the ‘Keep me signed in’ option
  • Finally, scan the QR Code with your phone and tap on Done

Users can also log out of WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop, or Portal from their smartphone or computer with just a few taps.

Well, it looks like WhatsApp is trying to lure in users that have left or are on the verge of leaving the platform. Their privacy policy debacle has negatively impacted their image, and they are trying to do some damage control with this.

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