WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned popular messaging app is introducing a new biometric feature to add more to the authentication layer for those people that are using the web and desktop versions.
WhatsApp states that it will allow people to add in a fingerprint, iris, or face scan to use the app on desktop or web by linking it to your mobile, to be used alongside the existing QR code authentication. The feature by WhatsApp is described as a “visual refresh” of the WhatsApp web page on the Android and iOS apps for linking and managing devices connected to your account.
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
Users will now be able to add biometric login, which uses either a fingerprint, face ID, or iris ID according to the device to add in the second layer of authentication. WhatsApp states that it will be adding more features this year to bring the mobile and desktop experiences closer together. This new biometric feature rolls out today to bring a more secure way for people to link up apps across devices.