IF you always chat with Facebook Messenger, make sure your texts are encrypted.
Leaving them unencrypted puts them at greater risk of being spied on – and it’s so easy to avoid.
Facebook has built a way to encrypt chats right into Messenger.
This means your texts are encrypted in transit, keeping potential snoopers out.
“End-to-end encryption adds extra security and protection to your messages and calls in a conversation, so only you and the person you’re talking to can see, hear or read them,” Facebook said.
You must enable encryption for each individual chat.
And once you do that, an ultra-secure method of sending texts will be launched.
“When you send a message in an end-to-end encrypted conversation, your device locks the message as it’s being sent,” Facebook explained.
“This message can only be unlocked by a device that has one of the special keys for this conversation.
“The same goes for the content of your video and audio calls.”
Facebook added: “No one can read your messages or hear your calls except the people who have those special keys – not even Meta.
“We couldn’t even if we wanted to.”
Of course, end-to-end encryption is not a watertight method of keeping your messages private.
You or the recipient of an encrypted text could very easily share these messages without anyone else.
So always be careful what you share online.
How to enable end-to-end encryption in Facebook Messenger
To encrypt your messages, open your Facebook Messenger app on iPhone or Android.
Then enter a specific chat and go into the settings.
You will then see a pop-up list with the option to start an end-to-end encrypted chat.
Tap on it and it will enable encryption for that specific chat on that app.
You can always check if your conversation is encrypted.
It is possible to see your unique encryption keys in Messenger.
And you can check these keys with your other chatters to see if you have any matching keys.
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