WhatsApp is in the process of deploying a new function on its desktop client, a function aimed quite simply at securing access by relying on the sacrosanct biometrics.
WhatsApp is present on a lot of different platforms. Most of us use its mobile application, but it is also possible to access our contacts and our exchanges from a computer running Windows or macOS. And this either through a client to be installed, or directly through the web.
Until now, to identify yourself and show off, all you had to do was start the customer – or go to the site – and then scan a bar code using your smartphone.
WhatsApp will use biometrics to secure access
This famous bar code is not going to disappear, but WhatsApp wanted to add additional security on macOS / iOS.
The security in question is based on biometrics, and therefore on Face ID or Touch ID. The concept is quite simple. After installing and launching the WhatsApp client on your computer, the latter will still ask you to scan a barcode with your smartphone. You will need to launch the application on your iPhone and go to the settings to find the option “WhatsApp Web”.
However, the simple scan of this bar code will no longer suffice and your iPhone will also ask you to identify yourself using Face ID or Touch ID. It is only when you have done so that the connection will be made and you will be able to find your messages on your computer.
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A function being deployed
However, to benefit from this function, you must first activate biometric identification on your iPhone, by going once again to your account settings.
Note that this function is currently being deployed. On our side, we cannot take advantage of it yet, but it seems that not everyone is in the same boat. Whether that extra layer of security will actually improve the brand's image is a whole different debate.