Meta tests default end-to-end encryption on Messenger
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(Pocket-lint) – Meta has announced that it is testing secure storage on Messenger, which will allow you to save end-to-end encrypted chats, and is also testing plans to enable end-to-end encryption by default for message threads on the platform.
End-to-end encryption means that only participants in the messages can view them and Meta does not have access to them unless you have reported the messages. This is a feature available on other Meta platforms like WhatsApp, but not on Messenger at the moment.
Currently, you have to opt-in to end-to-end encrypted messages on Messenger by opening a secret conversation – which you can read how to do below – and those messages are then stored on your device, so if you lose it, you’ll lose it. also messages.
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In addition to testing end-to-end encryption by default, Meta also tests secure storage to back up those messages in case you lose your phone or want to restore your message history to a new supported device.
Secure storage means that Meta will not have access to your messages unless you have reported them, as with the messages themselves. You will need a PIN to restore your messages to a new device.
Meta said: “This week we will start testing the default end-to-end encrypted chats between some people. If you are in the test group, some of your most frequent conversations will automatically be end-to-end encrypted, so which means you won’t have to choose this feature.
He adds: “You will still have access to your message history, but any new messages or calls with this person will be end-to-end encrypted.”
How do I send an end-to-end encrypted message on Messenger?
If you don’t want to wait for end-to-end encryption to be enabled by default on Messenger, you can still send a private and secure message, just follow these steps:
- Open Messenger
- Tap on chat with the contact you want to chat with securely.
- Tap on their profile icon at the top of the screen.
- Tap on “Go to Secret Chat”.
- You are now in an end-to-end encrypted conversation.
Written by Britta O’Boyle.