Facebook Messenger now lets you encrypt your chat; here's how to do it
Facebook will let you encrypt your chats on Messenger so that it's just between you and your friend
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: After WhatsApp, social networking site Facebook will let you encrypt your chats on Messenger so that it's just between you and your friend.
With the test having started in July, Facebook has finally rolled out an end-to-end encryption for its Messenger users globally.
“That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us,” Facebook said in a post.
However, unlike WhatsApp, end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger is optional, which means that users will have to set it themselves and is not automotic.
So, here is how to set the end-to-end encryption on your Facebook Messenger.
- Choose the contact you want to have secret conversation with
- Tap on the ‘i’ icon on the top right
- Click on ‘Secret Conversations’ and choose ‘turn on’
Behold! It's done. And as seen from the setting, it has to be set for an individual by the users.
However, there is a catch too – the timer options range from 5 seconds to up to 1 day and the encrypted messages disappear after that. Moreover, the secret messages can only be read on one device.