The Facebook Messenger application is continuously being used to communicate with friends and family over the popular social network. It can also be used by businesses through their Facebook pages to talk to customers. Recently, the social media portal has started rolling out a new feature called “Secret conversation,” wherein the messages being sent and received by parties would have end-to-end encryption embedded into them for a more private way of talking to each other. However, unlike a similar feature in WhatsApp, this end-to-end encryption would not be turned on by default and users can opt to toggle the feature on and off whenever they wish.
Facebook Messenger Adds Optional End-to-End Encryption to Messages
According to an official blog post from the social network regarding this subject on Facebook Messenger that was posted last Friday, it stated the following: “We’ve heard from you that there are times when you want additional safeguards — perhaps when discussing private information like an illness or a health issue with trusted friends and family, or sending financial information to an accountant.”
The Messenger app has also taken measures in making sure that messages found in chats still remain secure, even if a user’s device would get lost or stolen. With Secret conversation turned on, the application will allow users to set an expiry date on a message. In other words, the message will self-destruct after a set amount of time, which is a similar feature found in Snapchat. Once the time on the message runs out, said message will vanish from all devices of all users found within a chat. The social media portal also published details pertaining to the feature on White Paper.
With the use of end-to-end encryption, it means no one would be able to see your messages except that of the receiver and the sender. Even the team over at Facebook would not be able to see what you are talking about in the application. This has already faced excellent popularity over the recent years. Mainstream companies, especially those found in the tech industry, use this functionality in their products to boost protection from cyber security.
Facebook Messenger joins in the ranks for the booming demand for end-to-end encryption as there is now a looming threat that there are terrorists that take to cyber space for their attacks. Users would be able to initiate secret conversations, they would just have to tap on a friend’s name at the top of the current message thread, then there will be an option to start the end-to-end encryption on the messages.
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