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WhatsApp introduces secret codes for Chat Privacy

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  • WhatsApp unveils a new level of chat privacy with "Secret Codes." This allow users to hide locked chats behind unique passwords, enhancing confidentiality. This feature complements the existing Chat Lock, providing an extra layer of security to safeguard personal conversations.

WhatsApp, owned by Meta, has introduced a feature called “Secret Codes.” The feature was developed to enhance the security of locked chats. The initial introduction of locked chats earlier this year allowed users to protect conversations in a separate folder using device authentication methods like fingerprints, face scans, or passwords.

The new “Secret Codes” feature takes this a step further by letting users hide their locked chats entirely from view. Instead of displaying the locked chats folder alongside other conversations, users can now opt to conceal it behind a unique password. This secret code can include a combination of letters, numbers, special characters, and even emojis, adding a personalized touch to the security layer.

Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, shared the announcement, stating, “Now you can set your locked chats to only appear when you type the secret code in the search bar, so no one can ‘unintentionally’ discover your most private conversations.”

The flexibility of this feature allows users to customize their level of privacy. Users can choose not to use a secret code. However, for those who prioritize an extra layer of confidentiality, the secret code feature provides a discreet way to access personal conversations.

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WhatsApp has been consistently working on improving user experience and privacy features. The launch of Chat Lock earlier this year marked a commitment to secure users’ most sensitive conversations. With the addition of Secret Codes, WhatsApp aims to offer a dynamic and customizable privacy solution for its diverse user base.

Ihe Secret Codes feature is set to roll out globally in the coming months, giving users around the world an enhanced level of control over their chat privacy.

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