Facebook has been consistently making headlines due to the security and privacy risks to its users and has at times been embroiled in the leaks of user data. The social media company’s efforts toward making user data more secure have now brought end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger calls and messages. Here’s everything you need to know about it and how to enable this Facebook Messenger feature.
What is end-to-end encryption?
End-to-end encrypted conversations ensure that the information you send and receive is secure from the moment it reaches your device to the recipient. This means that no one, including Facebook, can see or hear what is sent or said during this delivery. Your calls and messages in the conversation are further protected and secure with end-to-end encryption so that only you and the other person can see, hear or read them.
How does end-to-end encryption work in Facebook Messenger?
End-to-end encrypted conversations are protected by a unique key that is stored on each device participating in the conversation. Your device locks the message as it is when you send it in a conversation that is completely encrypted. Only a device that has access to one of the unique keys for that conversation can unlock this message. The same applies to the content of your audio and video-based conversations. Also Read: How To Delete Your Foot Print From The Internet
How to enable end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger
- Open the Facebook Messenger app.
- Select the Chats option from the bottom menu.
- Tap on the Edit icon (pen-like icon) available in the top right corner of your screen.
- Turn on the toggle for the lock icon in the top right.
- Then, tap on the name of the person you want to chat with.
Limitations of end-to-end encryption in Facebook Messenger
When you send end-to-end encrypted messages over the Internet, your messages are stored in the device’s browser (for example, Chrome or Safari), and as such, these end-to-end encrypted messages are stored within your browser. Can be removed from storage. When you take actions such as clearing your browser’s cookies or browsing in private mode, and then you may not be able to access them in Messenger Chat on that browser. Also read: How to Clear Gmail Storage Within Seconds