All of the 1 billion Facebook Messenger users can now encrypt their messages so that governments, hackers, and even Facebook itself can’t read them. Has today made Secret Conversations official and now live for everyone on Android and iOS devices. Here are the details on how can you encrypt Facebook Messages by means.
Privacy enthusiasts, here comes a good news, as Facebook’s one-on-one encryption messaging feature called Secret Conversations for Android and iPhone users has gone live, which allows FB Messenger clients to send end-to-end encrypted messages to their Facebook friends. But unfortunately, there are a few caveats, though, which we’ll explain you a way to fix that in a matter of time.
First and foremost, this Facebook Messenger’s encryption feature works on a single device, which the social giant says that it doesn’t have the infrastructure in place to distribute encryption keys across your phone, tablet or PCs.
You should also have to explicitly start a Secret Conversation in Messenger itself. Encryption isn’t the default mode, and encrypted messages are not integrated into the primamry thread of your conversations with a given contact. For example, if Lady Gaga and Deepak have been chatting for years on Messenger, will need to start a seperate encrypted thread, and that encrypted thread will never integrate with their original unencrypted thread.
This attempt is a very unlike what Facebook-owned WhatsApp is doing thus far. The popular messaging platform automatically encrypts messages for all users if they have an encryption-compatible version of WhatsApp installed on their phone.
The final rider for Facebook Messenger is that encrypted messaging only works on one-to-one messaging. Group conversations are not included in this newly iterated Secret Conversations.
Using Secret Conversations on your mobile
If you already have Messenger installed and running on your Android and on iOS similarly. From the Messenger’s landing page, tap on your profile section, which is the person icon on the upper right of the screen.
Step 2: Scroll down until you see Secret Conversations. Found! Tap on it!
Step 3: On the next screen, make sure the Secret Conversations slider is activated. Done, then, Secret Conversations are enabled for your device.
There are two different ways to start an encrypted conversation in Messenger. The first is to create a new message as you actually do. Right at the top of the message creation screen, you’ll see a lock icon next to a slider button.
Step 5: Click that and the screen theme changes color from blue to black. Once it did change. Now, choose the contact you want to start an encrypted conversation with, and you’re now on your own way encrypted.
After you send an encrypted message the person on the other end will receive it, will have to agree to use the Secret Conversations feature. Once they really do that, they’ll see your encrypted message.
Second way to initiate an encrypted conversation is from a pre-existing message thread.
Step 7: Tap the ‘i’ icon in the top right-hand side corner of the message thread, and on the next screen tap Secret Conversation. The screen will turn to a black theme again, and you’re good to send.
In order to view an open secret conversation thread, simply choose it from the list of open message threads on the main screen of the app. This encrypted feature work almost like regular Facebook messages, but not that perfectly. You can send text, emoji, stickers, and photos; however, gifs, videos, voice calling and payments are not supported at all.
Secret Conversations also offers a Snapchat-like self-destruct setting that you can adjust on a per-conversation basis. For that, open a secret conversation and tap the stopwatch icon on the far right of the text entry area. This lets you set how long your messages remain visible on the other person’s device once they’re read. Set for 5 seconds to one day, or turn off that self-destruct setting altogether.
About all there is to the new Secret Conversations feature, allows you to use it as a standard way you talk to people in Messenger. Also gives you the opportunity to just use it for sensitive topics.