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Facebook-owned Onavo launches app that locks other apps

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Onavo, the that acquired in 2013, has launched a new app that let users lock other apps on their devices using a PIN code, pattern or fingerprint.

'Bolt App Lock' -- from the Israeli company that provides for mobile apps -- adds to the long list of mobile applications that help users lock other apps on their

"Like the others in this space, the 'Bolt App Lock' lets you lock down other apps that contain personal information, such as private photos or payment details," Tech Crunch reported late on Friday.

With the resources of behind it, appears to have built a more polished, modern alternative to the existing apps, the report added.

But -- and Facebook's -- primary interest apparently is not on personal security but about monitoring users' mobile activity and learn what new apps could be taking attention away from Facebook's

The app's listing on Google Play explained that would "collect info about your and the apps installed on it" and share that with

recently began advertising 'Bolt App Lock' directly within Facebook's main navigation on iOS, under the menu item "Protect".

When clicked, the link would take you to the download page for Protect on the The company has also featured a similar "Protect" link in its app for in the past.



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 12:20 IST