Saturday, September 24, 2016

Facebook Messenger Imitates WhatsApp, Brings End To End Encryption On Conversations

    Facebook has started rolling out secret conversation features which is known as end-to-end encryption on Messenger just as whatsapp have it. I saw it just last night when i was chatting with someone.

In July this year Facebook announced it is working on the feature and right now, it is already live and available. Although all your messages are not encrypted at default (as on WhatsApp) but you have to manually select which messages or to enscript before it will be activated.

This new Messenger feature will help “support conversations about sensitive topics.” The Facebook newsroom announcement read,
“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.”

To start a secret conversation, follow below steps
✔ While on messenger, tap on a friend’s name (you want to chat secretly with)
✔ And just below the Audio, Video call option, you should see the Secret Conversation if the update has rolled out to you.
✔ Now tap on Secret Conversation
✔ At this point you can start an end-to-end encrypted chatting session

Interestingly, you can also set a timer to automatically delete the messages at a specified time.

To give your conversation more protection, Facebook made it in such a way that your secret chats won't be accessible in any other device. For instance, you started a secret conversation with someone via your laptop and you want to continue the same chat on your smartphone, it won't be possible.

Also note that you might not be able to start a Secret Conversation with everyone, even if you have the update, because your friend might still not have the feature.

Have you seen this feature on your Facebook Messenger? Check now!
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  1. Another great feature from Facebook

  2. But i won't truly call this an imitation because both platforms are owned by the same person

  3. But i won't truly call this an imitation because both platforms are owned by the same person