WhatsApp now requires biometric verification for access on PC and web

Users will now need to verify their identity using biometric information to link a WhatsApp account to a PC or web.

The company, which is owned by Facebook, has added this level of protection to its applications to limit the chances of someone else connecting to the account without the user’s knowledge or approval. As long as the phone in use has the option to unlock via the fingerprint sensor, WhatsApp will ask the user to go through the verification process when linking their account with the desktop or web version of the application.

See also: WhatsApp for web and desktop gets beta support for voice and video calls

After the service verifies the identity, it will be necessary to scan the QR code by phone. The new biometric verification is active by default and the only way not to run it when linking an account is to completely turn off the unlock option across the face line or fingerprint sensor.

WhatsApp points out that it will not have access to the user’s biometric data, and the verification process will be done through the phone’s operating system. 

Source: Engadget

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