WhatsApp added fingerprint protection to the application last year, but Messenger, another messaging application from the same house, did not include any access control. Now comes the biometrics protection to Facebook MessengerThis is already available in Messenger for iPhone and iPad and soon also in Android.
This is not the only Messenger privacy enhancement announced by Facebook. In the future, Facebook plans to give you more options on who can contact you in Messenger, with options similar to those present today on Instagram or WhatsApp.
Messenger for your eyes only
Let’s start with what is already available, at least for those who use Messenger on iOS on an iPhone or iPad: the Messenger blocking through biometricsWhether it’s fingerprint or Face ID’s facial recognition.
This optional feature is called App Lock, or application lock, and it’s the same thing we learned on WhatsApp last year. When you activate it, you must use the facial recognition or fingerprint reader to access your chatsso that no one in your environment can read your chats carelessly.
The Facebook Messenger blocking is not active by default, but you must go to the Facebook Messenger settings and enter in the Privacy section. There you will find, among other options, App Lock.
More control over who contacts you
On the other hand, Facebook has announced that they are working on new controls on who can write or call you on Messenger. We don’t have full details yet, but Facebook ensures that you can choose who can write and call you, who goes to the Message Requests folder and who is blocked directly.
On the other hand, an important change is that Facebook will better protect you from these “unknown messengers” by adopting new features already present in other applications such as Instagram: blurring the images sent to you by unknown senders until you accept the message request.
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