We all care about our privacy and it seems that Facebook wants to assure us that the messages we send via this social media network will not be accessed by hackers. Last Friday, Facebook has announced that it is launching some new security features in order to protect messages that users are sending.
A new feature inside Facebook Messenger is named “secret messages”, which are private conversations that are end-to-end encrypted. In other words, only users who are communicating will be able to see these messages. As most of you already know, messages that you are sending on Facebook’s servers are stored on the social network servers, but if you send messages via the new feature, they will no longer be stored on any server, and they will be available only on the sender’s and recipient’s mobile devices.
In addition, you will also have an option that will make messages self destruct after they are read by recipients. You will just need to set a timer that will make the messages disappear automatically after a period of time (from 5 seconds up to 24 hours).
We remind you that FBI and other government agencies are not very happy about the end-to-end encryption, as they will not be able to track criminals while they are doing their illegal activities. However, we are pretty sure that any individual user would love the idea to send messages which can’t be tracked by a hacker. As expected, the end-to-end encryption feature will be added to Facebook firstly to a limited test group, but by the end of the summer, it will be available for everyone.
As soon as we find more information about the upcoming Facebook Messenger “secret” messages we will let you know!
What are your thoughts about end-to-end encryption? Are you confident enough to share your secrets without worrying that Facebook will read your messages?