Password has arrived for WhatsApp chat! It was announced by Mark Zuckerberg himself via Facebook and promised that “new blocked chats make your conversations more private.”
According to the executive director of Meta, the company behind applications such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, the new function will allow conversations to be stored in a secure location: “They will be hidden in a password-protected folder and the notifications will not show the sender or the content of the message.” “.
This means that whenever someone tries to read a chat you previously blocked, they will need the password you set to access it. This password can be anything from an alphanumeric code to a fingerprint or facial recognition.
According to several specific pages, although this function is largely similar to archiving chats, it has an added security layer for “gossipers”.
Xataka Móvil points out that Blocked Chats adds to the already existing security of the entire app with fingerprint or facial recognition. However, he warned that “the big difference is that this block can now be applied to some chats and not all. Also, protected chats are hidden from the chat list.
Block chat in WhatsApp
How do I block chat on WhatsApp? According to this expert site, users will need:
- Open the conversation they want to lock or hide
- Touch on top bar to open chat info window
- Click on “Lock Chats” (it should appear under ‘Temporary messages’ and check “Lock this chat with fingerprint”)
The conversation will then be placed in the “Blocked Chats” folder at the top of the chats list. To access it, you have to use the fingerprint of the mobile.
What about notifications for blocked chats? According to the above site, when you receive notifications from one of these chats, they will not show the content of the text in the notification, but you will see that you have “1 new message”.
Also, remember that in order to use WhatsApp blocked chats, you need to configure the fingerprints of the mobile first.