Facebook Messenger has a new service called ‘secret conversations’. This feature will give you an extra layer of security against third-party snoopers, looking to infiltrate your communication on the app.
Encrypted conversation is only privy to the intended receiver and the sender. Not even law enforcement authorities can have access to these types of messages. The move to encrypt messages has been sparked off by the allegation of the U.S. government spying on people. There have been cases of the authorities getting court orders requiring tech companies to reveal private information of suspect users.
This feature – secret conversations – will not be immediately available to everyone on Messenger. Instead, it will be rolled out in waves, with each waves comprising of a small number of beta users. After which, it will then be launched to the general public using Messenger; expected to happen sometime late this summer.
Unlike WhatsApp where encryption is available by default to all users, in Messenger, it will be an opt-in feature. Users will get to decide if or when they want to use encryption. You must activate encryption manually, to be …read more