WhatsApp Introduces New "Chat Lock" Feature For Enhanced Conversation Privacy

By Bogdana Zujic
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In an effort to enhance privacy within its platform, WhatsApp is introducing a new feature called "Chat Lock." This feature aims to simplify the process of keeping conversations more private by securing locked chats within a password- or biometrics-protected folder. Furthermore, notifications from these locked chats will no longer display the sender's name or the actual message content, similar to Apple's hidden photos feature for iCloud.

WhatsApp users can catch a glimpse of how the Chat Lock feature will appear in a video released by the messaging app.

While WhatsApp is already renowned for its end-to-end encrypted messages, it does not prevent someone who has access to an unlocked phone with WhatsApp open from potentially viewing messages. Chat Lock adds an additional layer of protection, particularly useful for individuals who frequently share their unlocked phones with others. Users also have the option to lock WhatsApp entirely with biometric authentication if desired.

The rollout of Chat Lock has commenced, with users now able to access this new feature. Additionally, WhatsApp has promised further upgrades in the future. In a blog post, Meta (formerly Facebook) stated, "Over the next few months, we're going to be adding more options for Chat Lock, including locking for companion devices and creating a custom password for your chats so that you can use a unique password different from your phone's."

WhatsApp users can look forward to increased privacy and security with the introduction of the Chat Lock feature, as well as the upcoming enhancements planned by the messaging platform in the coming months.

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