Facebook Messenger to introduce End-to-End Encryption with “Secret Conversations” which will allow users to secure their messages. the feature will only allow you to send plain text messages (No GIFs, Video) with the option to auto-delete the sent message within a set timeframe.
Wondering What is End-to-end encryption?
End-to-end encryption also known as E2EE is a method used for securing encrypted data while it is moving from the source to the destination. The objective of end-to-end encryption is to encrypt data at the Web level and to decrypt it at the database or application server. It can solve the problem of revealing data while net sniffing if a Web server has been compromised. If implemented with trusted algorithms, end-to-end encryption can provide the highest level of data protection.
We put people first in everything we do at Messenger, and today we are beginning to roll out a new option within Messenger to better support conversations about sensitive topics. Your messages and calls on Messenger already benefit from strong security systems — Messenger uses secure communications channels (just like banking and shopping websites) as well as Facebook’s powerful tools to help block spam and malware. 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.
To enable you to do this we are starting to test the ability to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with. That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us. Within a secret conversation, you can also choose to set a timer to control the length of time each message you send remains visible within the conversation. Our technology uses the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems. You can read more about the technical details here.
Starting a secret conversation with someone is optional. That’s because many people want Messenger to work when you switch between devices, such as a tablet, desktop computer or phone. Secret conversations can only be read on one device and we recognize that experience may not be right for everyone. It’s also important to note that in secret conversations we don’t currently support rich content like GIFs and videos, making payments, or other popular Messenger features.
Facebook is currently testing “Secret conversations” with some users right now and it is expected roll out widely this summer.
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