Facebook recently unveiled a new feature, titled "Secret Conversations." It allows users to send end-to-end encrypted messages, for an additional level of security to protect you from potentially prying peepers.
First, this only works on the Messenger smartphone app. All you have to do to send an encrypted message is look in the top right corner of the screen, where you'll see a padlock. Simply slide it over and you can send an encrypted message.
While this is a giant leap in online security, it isn't perfectly secure, as pointed out in an article by TechRepublic. Ways your info could leak out of the message include your conversation being screenshotted by the recipient or reported to Facebook, who will then address it. So, basically, don't send encrypted messages to snitches.
While not 100 percent perfect, "it's still a big step, and we hope that Messenger will continue to iterate on this deployment to make end-to-end encryption more pervasive throughout their product," Open Whisper said in a statement. As this becomes more the norm, it should hopefully keep those prying peepers away.
Facebook teased the feature in a July blog post, and now it's here. Thank you, Facebook, for giving a little extra security to your many insecure users. Seriously, why else would I post about my life 40 times a day if I wasn't seeking validation for everything? Please like this and let me know that it's all gonna be OK.