WhatsApp is introducing a new feature that adds an extra layer of protection for users who want to keep their messages hidden from prying eyes.
This week, the trial version of the Desktop Screen Lock was announced, a new feature that hides the user's chat list behind a locked screen. The only way to remove the black screen is by entering the password for that account.
Currently, the feature is only available to a limited group of users who have joined the app's beta testing program and installed the latest version. Users can enable this feature by navigating to the Privacy page within the WhatsApp settings.
According to Wabeta.com, the Desktop Screen Lock feature can be configured by selecting the time interval for when the user is prompted to enter the password. If the user forgets their password, they will need to log in again by scanning the QR code.
Once this feature is enabled, it ensures that even if someone gains access to your computer while you're away, they won't be able to access your WhatsApp conversations and messages without entering the password.
Instant notifications won't appear when the screen is locked, undoubtedly assisting users in maintaining the confidentiality of their conversations.
This helps enhance privacy by preventing unauthorized users from viewing personal information, according to the British newspaper, The Mirror.