Line is finally getting serious about security after it added encrypted chat options to its messaging service today with an update that is reminiscent of rival app Telegram.
The new feature is live on both the iOS and Android versions of the app only. The option can be found by clicking on a person’s name in a conversation window, but it only works when both participants have updated to the latest version of the app.
Line claims that hidden chats are encrypted — which is refreshing since it has been accused of failing to encrypt data in the past. There is also a timer option that sets new messages to self-destruct after certain period, that ranges from just two seconds right up to one week.
It is tempting to say Line is copying Snapchat, but actually the move is an almost exactly copy of the encrypted chat option in Telegram (screenshots below), a WhatsApp-like service that had a surge in popularity after Facebook bought WhatsApp.