Facebook rolls out end-to-end encryption for Messenger users


After the popular mobile messaging platform Whats App, parent company Facebook has reportedly rolled out end-to-end encryption for its Messenger users. People can toggle the “Secret Conversations” feature on in settings to enable end-to-end encryption on Messenger, technology website Engadget reported on Wednesday. Facebook encryption for its 1 billion users of the company’s Messenger service. The new layer of secure communication can be enabled by turning Secret Conversations on in any chat.

But here is the catch. Unlike Whats App, where all messages are automatically encrypted once you turn the feature on, nearly one billion monthly active Messenger users will have to activate end-to-end encryption for every new message. A secret conversation will follow a black color theme so as not to confuse it with a regular conversation.


Once user download the new version, they`ll see the option to tap “secret” in the top right corner of the “New Message” screen. Both sender and receiver need the latest edition of the app to enable the encryption. The other way of starting a Secret Conversation is by opening an already existing chat, tapping on the name of the recipient at the top and selecting Secret Conversation in the Settings menu.

End-to-end encryption will make sure that no other parties will be able to have access to the private messages. This means that the only people that will be able to read these messages are the sender and the receiver. Facebook won’t even have access to them as messages won’t be kept on their servers.

In the case of Whats App, users need to have an updated version to ensure that their chats are end-to-end encrypted. Messages you send to this chat and calls are now secured with end-to-end encryption. Tap for more info, is the message that Whats App users currently receive. The encryption ensures that users` messages, videos and photos can`t be read by anyone else not even Whats App.