Popular instant messaging platform, WhatsApp today announced that it has started to roll out a new security feature for WhatsApp Web and Desktop: face and fingerprint unlock when linking devices.
The Facebook owned company wants the web version to be just as robust as the mobile apps so people can communicate privately and securely, in whatever way is best for them.
In order to link WhatsApp Web or Desktop to your WhatsApp account you will now be asked to use your face or fingerprint unlock on your phone, before scanning a QR code from the phone to link your device.
This builds on WhatsApp existing security measures today, which pops up a notice in your phone whenever a Web/Desktop login occurs, and the ability to unlink devices from your phone at any time.
The face and fingerprint authentication takes place on your device in a privacy preserving manner – by design, WhatsApp does not see your face or fingerprint data.
How to use WhatsApp on Web, Desktop, or Portal
- Open WhatsApp on your phone. ( for Android users tap more options while iPhone users should go to WhatsApp settings)
- Tap WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Web/Desktop. Tap link a device and follow the on-screen instructions if your device has biometric authentication.
- Select the checkbox next to Keep me signed in on the QR screen on your computer or Portal to stay logged in on this device.
- Use your phone to scan the QR code on your computer or Portal.
- If prompted, tap or select Done.
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