WhatsApp customers on Android can say goodbye to insecure and annoying SMS two-factor authentication. The Meta-owned firm announced on X (previously Twitter) that it’s rolling out assist for a passwordless passkey function to all Android customers. The brand new safety possibility permits WhatsApp customers to make use of their machine’s face, fingerprint, or pin safety to unlock and entry their accounts — following Google’s lead when it started prompting customers final week to create passkeys.
Passkeys have been beforehand being examined by WhatsApp in its beta channel, but it surely’s now coming to common customers of the app on Android. We’ve reached out to Meta about iOS compatibility in addition to different questions, however the firm has not responded right now.
With WhatsApp including passkey assist, it’s a small step on the street towards by no means having to memorize a password that would doubtlessly be stolen in an information breach or compromised by phishing. That doesn’t imply WhatsApp’s 2 billion-plus customers are utterly protected against all digital threats, but it surely ought to assist make issues simpler and safer for each those that have already got good password habits and people who nonetheless set their passwords to “12345.” (Unusual, I’ve acquired the identical mixture on my baggage.)