Meta launches chat lock on WhatsApp, reinforcing privacy

Meta has introduced chat lock on WhatsApp, a new feature designed to provide users with an additional layer of security for their private conversations. With Chat Lock, users can now protect their most intimate chats by placing them in a dedicated folder that can only be accessed using their device's password or biometric authentication, such as a fingerprint. Furthermore, this feature ensures that the contents of locked chats remain hidden in notifications, offering enhanced privacy and peace of mind.Meta announced it is committed to developing innovative solutions that prioritize user privacy and security. “Chat Lock is a result of our dedication to providing users with greater control over their personal conversations, especially in scenarios where sharing a phone with a family member or passing it to someone else momentarily is necessary,” said the company.Activating chat lock is a simple process. Users can lock a specific chat by selecting the name of a one-to-one or group conversation and choosing the lock option. Once locked, the chat is moved to a separate folder accessible only through authentication using the device's password or biometric credentials. To reveal locked chats, users can slowly pull down on their inbox and enter the designated password or use biometric authentication.Meta plans to introduce additional options for chat lock in the coming months. These updates will include locks for companion devices and the ability to create custom passwords for individual chats, allowing users to use unique and distinct passwords separate from their device's credentials.Chat lock will be gradually rolled out to WhatsApp users globally, starting from May 15. Users need to update their WhatsApp application to ensure they have access to the latest security features and enhancements.