Recent incidents like Facebook handing over chat history to police have brought the topic of online privacy to the fore. With this, the question arises, how to protect our privacy while staying in touch with our friends and loved ones? Even though there are plenty of apps out there with privacy features, it’s hard to convince the people we want to keep in touch to use them. What can you do if they ask you to chat on Facebook Messenger?
For starters, you can use end-to-end encryption (E2EE) on Messenger. E2EE means no one – not even Facebook’s Meta company – should be able to read your chats. This is accomplished with a special key that is assigned to each party’s account. Meta currently offers E2EE on its Messenger platform only on a chat basis. He aims to switch it to default mode soon.
Here’s how to start an encrypted conversation:
- In the Messenger application of your mobile, you must select Cats in the bottom menu.
- After that press the Edit icon in the upper right corner that looks like a pen.
- This should be followed by tapping on the to block icon in the upper right.
- The next step is to select the person you want to chat with using E2EE.
However, some accounts such as companies or accounts of public figures do not facilitate E2EE.
To convert an ongoing conversation to E222 encryption, tap the “i” icon in the top right. After that select Go to select a conversation.