WhatsApp has introduced a new feature to its web-based platform that now requires users to log in with their biometric information in order to link their WhatsApp account to a PC or the web.
WhatsApp says the new security feature is meant to ensure that someone won’t be able to link to your account without your knowledge or permission. The biometric authentication feature will be on by default for any iPhone devices running iOS 14 with Touch ID or Face ID, and any Android devices that have biometric authentication enabled.
Users will be asked to log in using their biometric information when they link their account to the service’s desktop app or web version.
Once a user confirms their identity through via Touch ID or Face ID, they will then be required to scan a QR code with their phone to complete the linking of accounts. Users who have biometric authentication turned off don’t, or don’t have biometric authentication set up on their phone will be able to link their account as usual.
The authentication is handled by your device’s operating system using the biometrics stored there. WhatsApp has made it clear that it will not access the biometric information stored by your device’s operating system.
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.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 28, 2021