WhatsApp Web session will soon ask for fingerprint authentication


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Work from home over the past few months has almost mandated using the web session of Whatsapp. It is convenient no doubt. One need not bother to look for messages on the phone while working. However, it needs to be secure too. Keeping in mind the security challenges, Whatsapp is working on introducing fingerprint authentication on its web version.

In the news shared by Wabetainfo, WhatsApp has submitted a new update version through the Google Play Beta Program. Fingerprint authentication is the primary feature being tested in the beta build.

With the new method, as the name suggests, the Whatsapp Web interface on PC will enforce users to create a new WA Web session using their fingerprint. An additional privacy feature has been introduced so that anyone holding your mobile phone for a brief period cannot create a new session without your knowledge.

The workflow to date pops up a notification on the mobile whenever a user is logged in Whatsapp on PC. The message tray shows that “Whatsapp Web is currently active“. However many users would have skipped it.

WhatsApp Web session will soon ask for fingerprint authentication
Image Source: WABetaInfo

As per WABetaInfo, the feature of verifying the new WhatsApp Web instance with a fingerprint is available only in the beta version on Android. In other words, Whatsapp is working on it and has not released to everyone. Once the build gets stable, the version will be made public.

Read More: WhatsApp Privacy: How to View someone’s WhatsApp Status Story While Staying Hidden

Once it is official, WA Web fingerprint authentication, the user will be required to authenticate using his fingerprint while creating a new WhatsApp Web session. All this will be done on the smartphone he is syncing up. It is anticipated that the authentication feature should work with facial recognition. It will serve as an alternative to some brands like Apple which do not have an inbuilt fingerprint scanner.

In addition to strengthening the security, the build version promises few bug fixes. It will bring a fix to the prominent bug related to the ‘Recently Used Emojis’. With this resolution, the user will be able to fetch the last used emojis once WhatsApp is updated.

Rashmi is the Editor of PhonesWiki. She launched PhonesWiki back in 2018, turning it into a top spot for phone news and updates by 2019. Now, it's your go-to for leaks and solutions to phone problems. Her first phone was a Nokia 6610, but now she relies on an iPhone 14 Pro as daily driver. Rashmi's a tech enthusiast through and through, always tinkering with gadgets and gizmos. When she's not writing, you'll find Rashmi hanging out with her beloved pet, enjoying some quality playtime. Have a tip or just want to say hello? Contact her at info@phoneswiki.com


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