Facebook is testing a brand new function for Messenger that enables customers to higher defend their messages from prying eyes. When enabled, customers might want to authenticate their identification utilizing Face ID, Contact ID, or their passcode earlier than they’ll view their inbox, even when their phone is already unlocked. (The function depends in your device’s safety settings, so nonetheless you unlock your phone usually is the way you’ll unlock the Messenger app.) You can too set a chosen time frame after leaving the app for whenever you’ll have to re-authenticate.
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The corporate is at the moment testing the brand new safety function amongst a small proportion of Messenger’s iOS customers, although it may ultimately be accessible extra extensively, together with on Android. “We need to give people extra decisions and controls to guard their non-public messages, and lately, we started testing a function that permits you to unlock the Messenger app utilizing your device’s settings,” a Facebook spokesperson mentioned in an announcement. “It’s an added layer of privateness to forestall another person from accessing your messages.”