WhatsApp recently introduced the ability for iOS users to access the app via Touch ID or Face ID for added security. Now, it looks like the new feature isn’t secure after all, as one Reddit user hinted at.
According to Reddit users, iPhone users can run WhatsApp without verification through Touch ID or Face ID – from the iOS share sheet.
Users need to select WhatsApp while sharing media from the share sheet, and while users are taken to WhatsApp, Touch ID or Face ID options do not appear.
Then, users can head to the iOS home screen and access WhatsApp again (users can repeat the process if Touch ID or Face ID verification is required after finishing the sharing sheet), and access is granted without any fingerprint scanning or facial recognition.
The only thing worth noting is that access without Touch or Face ID is possible if the user has set the time limit (to enable Touch ID or Face ID for authentication) whether “after 1 minute”, “after 15 minutes” or “after 1 hour”.
In addition, if iOS users set “Instantly” as a specific period of time, the biometric authentication for WhatsApp is secure.
Moreover, as reported by Reuters, WhatsApp has acknowledged the issue and is expected to fix it as soon as possible.