Monday saw the unveiling of a new feature by Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, allowing users to password-protect their messages.
With the aid of this feature, WhatsApp users can now ensure the privacy of their most intimate chats and protect them from unauthorized access by those who may be in possession of their mobile phones or other personal devices containing the chat data.
The chat lock feature, according to Meta, allows users to preserve a conversation inside a protected file that can only be accessed by their device’s passcode or biometric methods like fingerprint recognition.
Additionally, turning on the chat lock feature automatically conceals discussion data in WhatsApp notifications, ensuring that none of your private information, such as the sender’s name, photo, or message content, is made available to the public.
Meta underlined its primary objective, which is to continue to look for new ways to safeguard message security and privacy.
“We’re introducing Chat Lock,” said Meta in their announcement of the new feature, “which lets you protect your most intimate chats with an extra layer of security.”
According to Meta, those who frequently share their phones with family members or run into situations when someone else temporarily gets access to their smartphone while they are conducting a private conversation would find this functionality useful.
Users can lock a chat by selecting the lock option while selecting the name of a person or group on WhatsApp, per the company’s instructions for using the new feature.
Users merely need to go to their WhatsApp inbox, enter their device passcode, or use biometrics like fingerprint identification to access encrypted messages. Meta has pledged to add more options for conversation locking in the upcoming months, like device-specific locks and the ability to create a special password exclusively for conversations.
Users will be able to use a different password for their discussions thanks to these improvements from the one they currently use to unlock their phones. Starting on Monday, the “Chat Lock” function will be available to all WhatsApp users worldwide.
Users only need to go to their WhatsApp inbox, input the device passcode, or use biometrics like fingerprint identification to access protected chats.
Looking ahead, Meta stated plans to provide more chat-locking options over the upcoming months, including the ability to lock down individual devices and set chat-specific passwords.
With these improvements, users will be able to use a different password for their conversations than they would for unlocking their phones. Starting on Monday, WhatsApp users can access the “Chat Lock” feature globally.
How to Use WhatsApp Chat Lock
To make use of Chat Lock on WhatsApp, users need to follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Ensure that you have downloaded or updated WhatsApp to the latest version on your Android or iOS device.
Step 2: Open WhatsApp and navigate to the specific chat that you wish to lock.
Step 3: Click on the profile picture of the contact or group associated with the chat. Step 4: A new option titled “Chat Lock” will be visible just below the disappearing message settings. Tap on this option.
Step 5: Activate Chat Lock and authenticate yourself by entering your phone password or using biometric authentication, such as fingerprint or facial recognition (if available).