The application of “WhatsApp” introduced a new feature to protect the privacy of users, through the biometric authentication feature.
Thanks to this feature, linking the WhatsApp account with a web browser within a computer or a desktop application has become more secure.
According to Al Arabiya Net, WhatsApp added a new biometrics feature to bring a new authentication layer for those who use the web and desktop versions.
You must unlock the app before you can link your account if biometric authentication is enabled on your phone.
The platform allows adding a fingerprint, face or iris in order to use the desktop or web application after linking it to the mobile application, with the current authentication of the QR code.
According to “WhatsApp”, the goal of the new system is to ensure that if someone else accesses your phone, he will not be able to link your account with his web browser, which allows him to see any messages you send or receive.
The new system is enabled by default on any iPhones running iOS 14 with Touch ID or Face ID, and any Android devices with biometric authentication enabled.
This means that users should use biometric authentication to link their accounts unless they disable the security feature within their device.
Users who don’t have or have the option to turn off biometric authentication on their phones can link their accounts as usual.
As is the case with any other use of biometric security via modern smartphones, the new system does not mean that “WhatsApp” reaches or collects your face or fingerprints.
This feature comes on the heels of a visual update to the web version page via Android and iOS apps to link and manage devices connected to your account, and there will be more updates soon.
A new update for compatible devices is scheduled to be released in the coming weeks.