If you use WhatsApp, you can keep your account safe in different ways. One way is by using a regular password and something called "two-factor authentication." And in the future, there will be another choice for protecting your account. WhatsApp is working on adding support for "passkey."
Other apps and websites have already said they will use passkeys & we already talked about this. WhatsApp might be the next one. In the newest test version of WhatsApp for Android, there's a hidden menu for setting up a passkey.
It says, "You can now use your fingerprint, face, or screen lock to check if it's really you with a passkey."
Right now, this feature is still being developed, and there's no way to turn it on. But this discovery strongly suggests that WhatsApp users might soon be able to use a passkey instead of a regular password to keep their accounts safe.
In case you're not familiar, a passkey is a way to make sure your account is secure. Instead of the usual passwords, you can log in using your face or other things that prove it's you, without having to type a normal password.
This technology was made by a group called the FIDO Alliance, along with big companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft.
Back in June, Apple said they would give Apple ID accounts a passkey automatically if people are using iOS 17, iPadOS 17, or macOS Sonoma. This means you could use the passkey to sign in to Apple websites instead of a password.
Since iOS 16, you've been able to make and save passkeys with Safari and iCloud Keychain. Now, with iOS 17, you can do the same thing with other apps