How could the new WhatsApp feature work?
According to a screenshot shared by WABetaInfo, the prompt would include information such as the user attempting to login to the app, the time of the login attempt, and the name of the device from which the login attempt was made. The feature may help you identify if the login attempt was made from an unknown person or device, which in turn adds a layer of safety on top of the one-time password-based process to register an account on the app, that is presently available.
WhatsApp, to be sure, also offers a six-digit security PIN that users can activate, to get two-factor authentication on their accounts. The added security prompt will also allow users to deny a login request if they cannot trace the person and device trying to login to their account. The feature is the latest among the service’s attempts to make it more secure.
However, it is important to note that the feature is only under development at the moment. As a result, it is not entirely clear as to when might the feature be rolled out, and if there will be a minimum version that users will need to update to, in order to get their hands on it. Once ready, the feature should be available to both Android and iOS users.
WhatsApp, on its part, publishes monthly transparency reports in line with India’s IT Rules, 2021. The report details the efforts that the service took to ban spammers and abusers on the service, to make its usage environment safer. As of June this year, WhatsApp announced that it used its proprietary AI screening method to ban over 2.2 million accounts from the app. The service, as of January this year, has over 480 million monthly active users in India — according to data from market research firm, Statista.