Whatsapp adds biometric authentication to its desktop and web versions. Before this, the old way of logging in to your accounts was prone to hacking, and people had to use their social security numbers or passwords to log in. Now a person has to provide their security number when they want to log in. This has led to many new users wanting to use their Facebook account without having to memorize a series of numbers. These numbers can be anything, from numbers generated by the phone company to codes provided by SMS messaging providers.
The new feature in WhatsApp
With the new feature, if a new user wants to get into the messenger, they have to give their account information (first and last name, email address, and maybe their contact number too) before they are able to proceed. They will also have to authenticate themselves using their fingerprint or eye recognition capabilities on their smartphone or tablet. If they successfully complete the authentication process, then they are in. The problem here is that there’s still no option for turning off this new feature. This means that this new feature is essentially a breach of one of the most secure forms of online authentication, that we have today.
While it may seem trivial, if someone steals your smartphone and gets hold of your data then you’ll be unable to prove ownership of it. You can’t show your fingerprint on a tablet that doesn’t have your fingerprint – or on your smartphone if you don’t have the app installed. These methods have now been bypassed with the introduction of biometric authentication, and this means that businesses and websites can have the same security as mobile apps.
So why is this new technology so exciting?
The main reason to use it is that it offers a way to make it more difficult for would-be hackers to gain access to your data. There’s a way for a hacker to break into your account and use it for any number of reasons. They could be trying to access data to steal your identity (which is a very real risk) or they could just be looking for a specific type of data that only you have. With the lock protected by a password, you’re much more likely to protect your account rather than giving hackers the chance to access it.
Most Important Reason
However, the most important reason for implementing the use of biometric authentication is the security of your account. You’ll now be able to set the password that controls your account, meaning that should someone manage to get access to your account, they’ll be able to make changes as they see fit. This means that if you want to make some changes to your account such as removing some contacts, then they’ll be able to do that. If you want to change the password itself then the change will be logged and any further attempts to gain access to your account will be thwarted.
So what sort of changes can you make to the way that you manage your account?
Well, one of the biggest changes that Whatsapp adds to its service is the use of biometric authentication. You can set the password so that when someone does manage to get access to your data they’ll have to either prove their identity with a digital print or their logbook, or they’ll have to show you a proof of their biometric data – like a scanned identity card or a photo of themselves. The best way to use this biometric authentication feature is to make sure that your employees have access to the latest versions of the Android operating system. This ensures that they have the most up-to-date, most secure version of it, which means that if someone wants to steal your data, they won’t be able to do it on an older handset that’s not supported by the latest system. If they can’t, then you’ll have all your data back – but without compromising your security.
Another big new addition to Whatsapp
Another big new addition to Whatsapp is the use of SMS biometric scanning. As you may have guessed, this is where your friends and contacts can use their smartphones (or even their computers) to log onto your account and perform functions like sending and receiving messages, updating your profile, and so forth. The problem with SMS biometric authentication is that not everyone has their own smartphone with which to perform this, which means that you’ll need to provide them with one of theirs in order to use the service. This can also lead to a number of problems, like when your friends’ check-in but their accounts are already gone. This is why it’s very important for you to keep a backup of your data on another computer/phone, just in case something happens to your primary one (though you should also make sure that you back up anything else on your computer as well).
Other new features include the ability to send and receive images, videos, files, and voice messages. These are also available on previous versions of the service, but the additions really add a new level of functionality to it. You can even use voice messages, which is a great feature for businesses because you can give instant feedback to your staff from anywhere they’re at. In addition, they can also add comments to images and videos, which are a great way to improve the communication and interactivity within your business.