End-to-end encryption is being tested for Facebook Messenger which will be using the same technology that has already been implemented into WhatsApp. Amidst security related issues for digital communication mediums, end-to-end encryption is being offered up by more and more of the popular messaging apps, including iMessage, LINE, Signal, Viber, Telegram and Wickr.
Unlike WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger users will have to turn on the encryption feature to be able to securely send and receive messages. This is done by scrambling communications so the messages can only be read by the sender or receiver. The reason why Facebook has made this an option is because the extra security may not be compatible with some features of Messenger. Also, under the encryption mode, users will not be able to share videos or make payments.
In an announcement on its website, the company said, “Many people want Messenger to work when you switch between devices, such as a tablet, desktop computer or phone. Secret conversations can only be read on one device and we recognise that experience may not be right for everyone.”
The 900 million users of Facebook Messenger can soon hope to enjoy secure messaging on the app once all the bugs are cleared out during testing.