Unlike Meta’s messaging platform WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger does not have end-to-end encryption enabled by default. This makes sensitive information on the platform at risk of hackers eavesdropping. Meta allows users to enable this feature on Facebook Messenger. Although, the company plans to make end-to-end encryption a default setting on the platform till then users can turn it on manually. Also Read - This Instagram tool will protect you from receiving nude photos in the DMs: Details here
In end-to-end encryption, each party’s account is assigned a key to the message so that only they can get access to it. Also Read - Meta is bringing Community Chats to Messenger: How it works
Here are the steps that both Android or iOS users can follow to turn end-to-end encryption now: Also Read - Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces 'Meta Connect' for October 11
How to enable end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger
- Go to the Messenger mobile app and click on Chats in the bottom menu
- Tap on the Edit icon in the upper right corner
- Turn on the toggle for lock icon in the top right
- Now select the name of the person you want to chat with (not applicable for public figures)
To turn it on from within the chat, you can simply open the chatbox and tap on the “i” icon in the top right corner. Now select, “Secret conversation”. Users can also choose to turn on the Vanish Mode from here. This will cause conversations to vanish when they close the chat.
To turn on the Vanish Mode, you just need to turn on the toggle for the Vanish Mode option in the information section.
For the unversed, if the end-to-end encryption is turned on for a conversation, no one except for the participants in the chat can read or gain access to the conversation. It can be only possible for others to be manually added to the chat, for which other participants will be notified.
Facebook Messenger also allows users to be a part of encrypted chats on the web by using the Messenger app on web browsers like Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Firefox.