Facebook Messenger enables encrypted messaging

I was reading the news in Wired and happy that after waiting a long Facebook finally woke up for encryption in its Messenger App. Messenger is very popular in my country (Bangladesh) and I think most of the users here don’t bother about privacy or security or encrypted messaging. It that context, again I think Facebook has enough room to take proactive measures in order to respect the privacy of its wide level of user base. And, finally they did that, thanks and a big hand to them.

Now, if you’re using Messenger, always try to use encrypted messaging. The new end-to-end encryption doesn’t turn on automatically. You have to turn it on for each conversation.

If you want to start a new encrypted conversation:

  • Tap the new conversation icon at the top right.
  • Tap “Secret” in the top right.
  • Choose your recipient and begin messaging.

If you want to turn an ongoing conversation into an encrypted Secret Conversation:

  • Open the message thread.
  • Tap their name at the top of your screen.
  • Tap “Secret Conversation” to switch it over.

If you don’t see those options, it could mean the recipient doesn’t have the current version of Facebook Messenger. Tell them to update their app for Secret Conversations to work. Also, Secret Conversations don’t allow the sending of GIFs and videos, but you can still share picture and use stickers. And it’s important to note that you can only access your Secret Conversations from the device it was enabled on. So if you start an encrypted conversation on your phone, that’s the only place you can send and receive encrypted messages for that particular conversation.

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