Facebook may soon enable end-to-end encryption on Messenger

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Facebook may soon enable end-to-end encryption on Messenger

Facebook Messenger users might get a new update very soon. Facebook has been planning to bring end-to-end encryption for all Messenger users. As per the reports the feature is already under testing for some chat and soon it can get default for everyone. 

For those who are not aware, end-to-end encryption is available for Messenger users. However, users have to manually turn it on for all the chats. Many are not even aware about it till now.

The default end-to-end encryption for Messenger users is a big step to make the privacy service more profound for them. The feature prevents the data from being modified in any way by a third party.

So what does end-to-end encryption really means?

End-to-end encryption is a communication system that prevents any third party from reading the messages other than communicating with users. It includes internet providers, communication service providers and telecom providers as well.

This feature does not allow Facebook to view the content of the chat any more. It means that the user’s chat is only shared between two parties that are involved.

The decision of default end-to-end encryption for all Messenger users came after Facebook suffered severe backlash when U.S asked to share the chat history between a teen and her mother that led to them in abortion case.

With this feature as no third party can decipher the messages the company can no longer hand over the content of the chat to any authority.

Along with end-to-end encryption, Facebook Messenger has also announced another new feature that is ‘secure storage’. Now users can encrypt chat history backup stored on cloud.

So this is new that Messenger is offering its users. But to make users feel more secure and to ensure complete privacy some other features are also under development. Some of them are ‘unsent messages’ and syncing deleted messages across devices.

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