End-to-End chat encryption which surfaced on Whatsapp messenger early this year 2016, has surfaced on Facebook Messenger. This feature has been added to the latest version of Facebook messenger.
As we see on Whatsapp, chat encryption are automatically set as default but on Facebook Messenger, you have to manually select which chat/messages you want to encrypt and it will be set.
This is what Facebook has to say about this new development;
“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.”
STEPS TO ACTIVATE CHAT ENCRYPTION ON FACEBOOK MESSENGER
Chat encryption is also known as secret chat. I will teach you how to chat secretly on Facebook Messenger. Follow me along.
- While on messenger, tap on a friend’s name you want to chat secretly with.
- Beside the Audio, Video call icons, you should see a circle with an i inside. Tap it and scroll down, you should see Secret Conversation.
- Now tap on Secret Conversation
- At this point you can start an end-to-end encrypted chatting.
In addition, you can also set a timer to automatically delete the secret messages.
NOTE: If you started a secret chat with someone on your phone and you want to continue that same chat on a PC, unfortunately, it won’t be possible. Facebook made it in such a way that your secret chats won’t be accessible in any other device.
Before you can start a secret chat with a friend, that friend must be using the latest version of Facebook messenger. Kindly headover to Google Playstore and update your Facebook messenger to the latest version and enjoy this new feature.