In response to growing concerns about online privacy and data security, WhatsApp has unveiled its much-anticipated “screen lock” feature for beta users of its web version. This feature aims to bolster privacy measures and safeguard the confidentiality of users’ conversations.
Having initially announced the “screen lock” feature last year, WhatsApp has now made it available for beta users of its online platform. This feature, designed to shield against unauthorized access, operates through a password-based protection system.
“With this feature, it would have been possible to protect the app from unauthorized access with a password,” WhatsApp explained. “When we announced this feature, it was under development, so it was not ready for beta testers.”
After extensive testing and refinement, WhatsApp has rolled out the “screen lock” feature to select beta testers who are using the latest version of WhatsApp Web and are part of the official beta program.
To access this feature, users can navigate to the “WhatsApp Settings” menu and locate it under the “Privacy” tab. Once activated, it offers customization options to fine-tune the additional settings according to user preferences.
For users who might forget their passwords, the process for resetting it involves logging out of the application or scanning the QR code from the connected smartphone app.
The “screen lock” feature can be toggled on and off using the same method of activation. To prevent unauthorized changes, users have the option to authorize modifications with a password, facial recognition, or fingerprint authentication, depending on their desired level of security.
One of the standout benefits of the “screen lock” feature is its capability to block access to message feeds and disable push notifications when the screen is locked. This ensures that private conversations remain shielded from prying eyes, even if the device is left unattended.
“In our opinion, this definitely helps users maintain the confidentiality of their conversations by enhancing privacy and preventing unauthorized users from viewing their personal information,” WhatsApp emphasized.
The introduction of the “screen lock” feature demonstrates WhatsApp’s commitment to adapting to evolving privacy concerns in the digital age. As online communication becomes increasingly integral to daily life, users can now engage in their conversations with the assurance that their personal information remains protected and private.