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Another WhatsApp surprise for your own safety. Biometrics are now required to run on PC and browser



The team of the popular messenger WhatsApp, part of Facebook, has implemented another innovation. The PC client and web interface now require biometric user authentication to work.

This is reported on the official WhatsApp page on the Twitter social network and on the support page.

Recall that for PCs and browsers, WhatsApp does not have a full-fledged stand-alone client. WhatsApp only allows you to connect to your account from one device. The desktop and browser versions of WhatsApp can work only in conjunction with the running application on the smartphone, “mirroring” it.

To connect and start a session on WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp for computers, you need to scan the QR code. Until now, this has been enough. However, pre-biometric authentication is now required on Android and iPhone – using a fingerprint scanner or face recognition system. After that, you can scan the QR code.

This additional check is enabled by default. The only way to get around the requirement for biometric authentication is to completely disable it on your smartphone.

WhatsApp updated its privacy policy on January 6, 2021, and also said that it is necessary to accept the new terms by February 8, under the threat of losing access to the service. After receiving numerous negative feedback from users and criticism from the industry, the WhatsApp team decided to postpone the deadline for adopting the rules by 3 months – until May 15.

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