Facebook to Offer End to End Encryption
Recent years has seen how End-to-end encryption has become more important as end-users worry about hackers or, in some cases, even governments breaking into their chat messages. We already have already seen the developments made in the end to end encryption feature of social app like Whatsapp. Soon Facebook is also to follow the footsteps and offer its users the end to end encryption feature.
The end to end encryption feature will be turned off by default unlike Whatsapp which has it on by default. The feature would allow the Facebook user who wish to talk secretively to opt for the “Secret Conversation” and select a suitable message expiry time which can be between 5 seconds to over 6 hours. The message can be received during the set time frame only, later it will be automatically deleted after it has been read by the receiver.
Facebook official posted saying “Our technology uses the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems,”
Facebook further explained the reason behind making the Secret conversation as an optional features saying – “That’s because many people want Messenger to work when you switch between devices, such as a tablet, desktop computer or phone. Secret conversations can only be read on one device and we recognize that experience may not be right for everyone.”
End to End encryption feature is all the more important with Facebook coming up with new features, like financial transactions between users.