How to Enable Encrypted Chats in Facebook Messenger
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(Pocket-lint) – Facebook Messenger is getting an update that adds new toggles you’ll need to turn on if you want to encrypt your direct messages, group chats and calls.
Facebook started experimenting with end-to-end encrypted chat (E2EE) about six years ago. And it’s taken this long for the company, now called Meta, to finally roll out the optional privacy feature to everyone on Messenger. Meta said it’s still considering making E2EE the default for Messenger, but that probably won’t happen until next year at the earliest, and that’s something that could get pushed back a lot from regulators. .
How to Sign Up for Secure Encrypted Chats in Facebook Messenger
Messenger users can choose to use end-to-end encryption in two ways:
Disappearance mode: swipe up on an existing chat to enter a new one where messages automatically disappear when the window is closed.
Secret Conversations (launched for the first time in 2016): you can enable it when you start a new chat by toggling the lock icon in the corner.
Does encrypted Messenger chats support GIFs and other features?
When you’re in an encrypted conversation, you can still use GIFs, stickers, reactions, and long press to reply or forward messages. Encrypted chats now also support verified badges so users can identify genuine accounts. And while you can save media exchanged in chats, a screenshot notification is rolling out in Q1 2022. This means that, like with Snapchat, you’ll get a notification if someone screenshots your conversation in an encrypted chat .
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What does end-to-end encryption mean?
End-to-end encryption, when it comes to chats, means that only the sender and recipient of a given message will be able to see the content of said message. It is basically a secure method of communication that prevents cyber criminals, hackers, telecoms and even governments from accessing the messages you have sent or received. In terms of Facebook Messenger, not only are your direct messages fully encrypted, but also your group chats and calls.
The idea behind end-to-end encryption is that your messages, media, and calls are now safe from the wrong hands.
Written by Maggie Tillman.