Facebook-owned Messenger has just launched a new App Lock feature to make your chats and private message secure from the people around you. You can be assured your private life stays private in your device.
According to the blog by Facebook, the Messenger App Lock feature is launched to protect your messages and chats from the people who get hold of your device. The new lock can be set for Messenger Application in the privacy setting. You can set whether you want to unlock the app using your Face-ID or fingerprint. The working of the lock is fairly simple and similar to the other global app locks out there. The only difference is this is launched officially by Messenger while others work as a standalone application for all your applications.
The new App Lock feature prevents other people from snooping onto your personal chats by adding a new layer of built-in security in the app itself. The next time you lend your device to friends or family, you can be assured they won’t be able to access your chats and read your private texts.
The feature will use the privacy settings of your device to unlock the app which includes the fingerprint and face-unlock. The feature is currently launched for iPhone and iPad but will launch for Android in the upcoming months.
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The feature will be spotted in the Privacy section of Messenger which currently lets you have control over other settings like muted stories and blocked people. Facebook says they’re upgrading the privacy section regularly to give users the freedom and control over everything on the platform.
A new feature is also coming which lets you have control over who can message you on Messenger. It will allow you to set as to who can message or call you, who will go to your request folder, and who cannot contact you at all. This feature will work similarly to how Instagram works. Another feature similar to Instagram and WhatsApp that blurs images from unknown numbers will be launched for Messenger that will allow you to block the contact immediately. More about it will be teased in the upcoming months from the company and we’ll notify you once we have more information.
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