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  1. WhatsApp adds biometric authentication for logging in on desktop A more secure way to link your WhatsApp account Linking your WhatsApp account to your computer’s web browser or desktop app is getting a little more secure. Soon, if you’ve got biometric authentication enabled on your phone, you’ll have to unlock the app before you can link your account. The company says the new system is intended to ensure that should someone else gain access to your phone, they won’t be able to link your account to their web browser (which, in turn, would allow them to see any messages you send or receive). The new system will be enabled by default on any iPhone devices running iOS 14 with either Touch ID or Face ID, and any Android devices that have biometric authentication enabled. That means users will have to use it to link their accounts unless they disable biometric authentication for their entire device. Users who don’t have a biometric authentication setup on their phone (or have it turned off) will be able to link their account as usual. As with any other use of biometric security on modern smartphones, the new system does not mean that WhatsApp is accessing or collecting your facial scans or fingerprints. Rather, it’s just using the same biometric data APIs every other app does in order to access the on-device security system as an extra measure of authentication before it allows users to connect their accounts. So in the same way that using a fingerprint reader to log in to your banking app doesn’t grant Chase or Bank of America your fingerprint scans, using the new biometric unlock system here to link your account to your computer isn’t giving WhatsApp (or Facebook) your personal information either. WhatsApp says that the new update should be rolling out for compatible devices in the coming weeks. Source: WhatsApp adds biometric authentication for logging in on desktop
  2. Google Drive adds biometric protection on iPhone and iPad Google has released a new update for Google Drive that brings support for Touch ID and Face ID on iPhones and iPad. The new update will allow users to lock their Drive files behind a Privacy Screen so if anyone tries to access the files, they will need to use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock. The feature is not exactly new as it was first announced by Google last month. A Google Spokesperson told Digital Trends that the feature is designed to give users a "little more privacy for documents stored on your phone." Privacy Screen also supports timeout allowing users to specify when they want Drive to be locked. Google currently allows users to delay it for 10 seconds, one minute, or 10 minutes. This is good for users who multi-task and might need to switch between apps. Privacy Screen, however, isn't completely secure. When enabling it, Google warns you that it can't protect some Drive notifications, Files shared with the iOS Files and Photos apps and “other system functionality.” The feature is currently rolling out to all the Apple iPhone and iPad users. You can head to the Apple App Store to grab the latest Google Drive update. Source: Google Drive adds biometric protection on iPhone and iPad (Neowin)
  3. In the past, if you wanted to send money via Google Pay you’d be prompted to use an old school PIN pattern to authenticate the transfer. Starting with version 2.100 Google is finally adding support for fingerprints and face authentication for money transfers thanks to Android 10’s biometric API. The feature is currently only available for Android 10 devices and is found in the Sending money settings section of the app. Previously you were only limited to using your Google Account Pin but now can switch to biometric authentication instead. Google’s own Pixel 4 lineup relies on facial unlock for authentication so this new addition will certainly be useful for owners of that one. Source: Google Pay finally adds biometric authentication for money transfers (via GSMArena) p/s: While this news is about mobile software app, but this article is suited to be placed under Security & Privacy News as the post does talk about new security feature (using biometric authentication on top of Google Account Pin) on Google Pay when it is installed under Android 10.
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