After last month’s announcement about an end-to-end encryption feature for Messenger, Facebook has now started to roll out a ‘secret conversation feature’ on the app, which will enable users to self destruct their conversations after setting a timer to it. However, Facebook has begun the roll out in stages and it isn’t available for everyone yet. Also, Facebook writes on its blog, that “the feature is only visible on the device where you create the conversation and the device the recipient uses to open the conversation.” Also Read - Facebook Messenger is getting this important WhatsApp-like feature
A secret conversation in Messenger is basically an end-to-end encrypted conversation. Which means, that the particular conversation is meant only for the recipient and sender, and no one else, including Facebook, can access that conversation. However, technology is now superior and there are a hundred ways of saving and sharing information, for example, in the form of screenshots. In order to keep that from happening, the secret conversation feature on Messenger allows the two people in a conversation to use a Snapchat-like self-destructing option for the messages shared. Users can set a timer to have the messages disappear from the conversation. Also Read - Opera for Chromebooks is the world's first alternative browser optimised for Chrome OS
In order to start a secret conversation, a user needs to open a conversation, tap on the other user’s name on the top of the conversation, choose Secret Conversation from the option list. A Timer option will also show up there, which can be chosen in case a user wants the conversation to auto-destruct. Also Read - Facebook Messenger becomes third non-Google app to garner five billion downloads on Play Store
Additionally, in order to check if your conversation is encrypted in the first place, Facebook provides users with a device key. Both people in a secret conversation can use the device key and compare to verify that the messages are encrypted. Although, the verification process is optional, and the messages will be encrypted regardless of the device keys being compared, but here’s how you can check.
Go to a secret conversation with someone, tap on their name on the top and choose Device Keys from the drop down options. In order to verify that the conversation is encrypted, compare the device key with the other person’s to ensure that they match.