WhatsApp and a fingerprint scanner: the future.
The praised messaging app could soon allow users to login via a smart fingerprint scanner. The Facebook-owned service has long been seen as a secure messaging platform, and it could be receiving some extra protection this year. Here is what you need to know.
WhatsApp’s Plans for Improving Security Detailed
WABetaInfo discovered recently reference in the most recent beta for WhatsApp on Android that shows an extra layer of protection in the form of a fingerprint login. The source has also explained that such a feature could be used through biometrics.
When logging into WhatsApp’s web and desktop variants, we need to have our phones close to aim the rear camera at a QR code. Then, we can authenticate into a WhatsApp account that’s linked to our phone numbers.
It’s not difficult to do such a thing, but it’s not the best way to log in. Some smartphones can be picky when it comes to scanning a QR code.
Introducing a fingerprint scanner will make that process a lot easier. Granted, it means that we’ll still need an Android handset nearby, but at least we won’t have to stop and scan QR codes. Convenience, and of course, speed, is what the upgrade will be about when it’ll come to WhatsApp. Unfortunately, such a thing is still unknown. We don’t know when the upgrade will roll out, but such features are usually introduced to WhatsApp pretty quickly.
Ideally, we’d like to get a built-in desktop and web version of WhatsApp that allows us to use the biometric security in a laptop mode, say Windows Hello. Or, a built-in fingerprint scanner to make the process of authentication a lot easier.
We can expect other upgrades and improvements to be released to the praised messaging service soon. Stay tuned for more details!