Wednesday, May 12, 2021

WhatsApp now requires biometric authentication for PC and web access

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You will now need to confirm your identity using your biometric information to link a WhatsApp account on the PC or on the web. The Facebook-owned company has added a layer of protection to its apps to limit the chances that someone else will log into your account without your knowledge or permission. As long as the phone you are using has face unlock or fingerprint unlock enabled, WhatsApp will ask you to go through the authentication process when you link your account to the desktop app or web version of the service.

Once the service has verified your identity, you will need to scan a QR code with your phone. The new biometric authentication feature is on by default, and the only way not to trigger it when associating your account is to completely disable face or fingerprint unlock. WhatsApp, which will be soon implement a amended privacy policy that allows it to share information with Facebook, says it will not have access to your biometrics at all and will conduct the authentication process through your phone’s operating system.

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