Up until now, if you want to login to your WhatsApp Web account on your PC, all you have to do is just open web.whatsapp.com on your computer and scan the QR code from the WhatsApp app to gain instant access. This system of logging into WhatsApp Web is soon going to end.
WhatsApp is all set to introduce biometric authentication for logging in to your WhatsApp Web account. It may be fingerprint or facial recognition. This feature will make sure that your account won’t be used by anyone else without your permission.
Almost all smartphones these days come with some sort of biometric authentication lock option like a fingerprint scanner or face lock. The same can be used to add an additional layer of security while linking your WhatsApp account to your desktop.
WhatsApp will soon roll out the new feature in the coming weeks. All the supported smartphones with some sort of biometric authentication will get this feature as soon as it is out. For devices without biometric unlock options, things will work as it used to do in the past.
The new biometric option will be enabled by default as soon as you receive the update. It will be applicable to all iPhones running iOS 14 or above and all Android devices with biometric lock options.
As per the WhatsApp Team, this new option is introduced so as to make the login procedure for WhatsApp Web a bit more safe and secure. WhatsApp does not send this biometric data to Facebook or any other third party service. All they do is use the common biometric API to verify the authenticity of the user trying to link WhatsApp with the web version of WhatsApp.