Google Photos: iOS to gain safe folder for ‘nudes’ in 2022

Google Photos users on iPhone and iPad will soon have access to the Secure Folder, which allows you to store images in a password-protected location in the app. The news was unveiled by the Mountain View company on Thursday (28).

Currently available for Pixel phones, the function launched at the Google I/O 2021 conference is also expected to be expanded to other Android phones, as big tech said in September, but without confirming the date. In the case of iOS, the tool is expected to debut in the “beginning of 2022”.

With Google Photos Safe Folder, the user can store confidential photos and videos, such as the infamous “nudes”. Saved images are protected from eavesdroppers, as access is only granted with a password or fingerprint registered on the device.

The password-protected space was launched in May.Source: Google/Disclosure

Files stored in the secure location do not appear in platform search or in albums and memories, and are unavailable to third-party apps. It is also worth noting that the protected images are not included in the cloud backup, they are only saved in the device’s memory.

Strengthening security

The expansion of Pasta Segura is just one of the news announced by the search giant in relation to its security initiatives. The company also announced safe browsing in the Messaging app, strengthening protection against phishing and malware attacks.

The launch of the new Pixel smartphone security hub for all Android phones was also revealed, but without a date to happen. The tool gathers, in the same place, all the features and settings to keep the phone safe, guiding the user in case of a problem.

Available in the US and seven other markets, the Google One VPN will launch in 10 more countries, including Austria, the Netherlands and Denmark. It is offered at no extra cost to subscribers who have plans with cloud storage starting at 2TB.

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