WhatsApp has always been concerned with the privacy of its customers and to maintain that, the instant messaging platform has rolled out yet another layer of protection. The latest feature is called ‘Secret Codes’ and this feature allows the user to add another layer of security to the locked chats on the messaging platform.
With the help of Secret Codes, the users will be able to protect their locked conversations by adding another unique password other than the one used to keep their phones safe. This will help people keep the details stored in the chats safe from anyone else in case someone else gets hold of the phone.
While this is seen as quite a revelation when it comes to the privacy of the customers, it has also raised concerns among parents about the safety of their children on the platform.
New “Secret Codes” Layer Feature Introduced
The news regarding the introduction of Secret Codes in the application was shared by the CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg through his official WhatsApp channel. Along with breaking the news regarding the latest feature, Zuckerberg also added how exactly the feature will be helpful to users.
“ He mentioned that Secret Codes will help users set the locked chats to appear only when a secret code is entered into the search bar, thereby preventing anyone else from unintentionally discovering your most private conversations. “
Being one of the most used instant messaging platforms in the world, WhatsApp has always been concerned with the privacy of its users. Earlier this year in May, the platform came up with the feature of Chat Lock, where users could keep their private chats locked up and can only be accessed using the device password, face ID, or fingerprint.
During the time, Meta stated that they would be coming up with a new technology that allowed their users to lock chats and keep them private by using a lock that was completely different from the ones used to lock their devices. Around six months after the announcement, Meta successfully came up with the latest technology.
According to the details provided by Meta, Secret Codes will be made available globally within a few months. WhatsApp has also stated that unlike earlier, where you had to visit the settings to lock a chat, you will be able to lock it just by long pressing the chat that you intend to lock.
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Rolling Of Latest Features From WhatsApp
The news regarding the latest feature Secret Codes comes just a few weeks after rolling out other innovative Voice Chat features. As per the details, the new Voice Chat feature is said to be less disruptive than the normal group calls, which rings up all the members added to the call. The Voice Chat gets started with an in-chat bubble and you will be able to join the ht just by tapping the bubble. The controls for the call like the buttons needed to mute it, hang up or even message are available at the top of the chat so that you do not have to leave the conversation
With the ever-growing popularity of the app and also with the rise of threats and issues of privacy in the cyber world, WhatsApp has been constantly trying to raise standards when it comes to customer privacy. The application has launched quite a few innovations in the field so that the valuable data of the customers stays protected.
It was in October that Meta came up with another innovative feature to protect the IP address of the users during calls. The features make sure that all the calls made through WhatsApp will be relayed through WhatsApp servers. By doing so, no other interference will be allowed in the calls and it will be impossible for a third party to get hold of information like the IP address of the users or their general geographic location.
The news regarding the Voice Chat feature was announced and explained through a blog post stating that the feature added a new layer of security and protection to the details of the users. Also, they made it clear that as it is end-to-end encrypted, WhatsApp won’t listen to the class made even though the call is relayed through WhatsApp servers.