After WhatApp, parent company Facebook has now come up with an ‘end-to-end encryption’ feature for its users. The feature allows users to protect their conversation from being hacked from hackers, government agencies and even Facebook. Though the feature was announced back in July, it is only on Wednesday it has fully rolled out.
The new feature comes in the form of ‘Secret’ messages and can be accessed only on a single device. It works when both the messengers have the latest version of the Facebook messenger.
Unlike WhatsApp you cannot send videos and GIFS but you can still share images and stickers which can now be encrypted.
The threads aren’t secret by default. You need to change the setting for it. And so here we bring to you an easy guide to turn on the encryption. Here we go:
- Open Facebook chat and choose ‘Me’ option from the bottom menu bar.
- From the menu click on ‘Select Conversations’ and tap ‘Turn On’ in the pop-up message.
- As usual to open a message using the icon on the right-hand side of the screen.
- Click on ‘Secret’ option on the right-hand corner of the screen.
- Choose a friend to chat with. Start your chat as usual.
The good part is that you can also delete the secret conversations using the delete option from your profile setting page. Perhaps, the only sad part is that every time the user needs to turn the feature on.
With the encryption feature not being default it is likely that most conversations will go unencrypted but it is always better to protect your conversations and be safe!