Facebook announcement a new update for its popular Messaging app which will finally bring end-to-end encryption to voice and video calls. Additionally, Facebook said it is rolling out updated checks for messages that go missing. Both features will help make Messenger more secure for those who use it.
New secure update of Facebook Messenger
Facebook has long understood the value of offering end-to-end encryption, as the option to encrypt text chats has been in the app since 2016. However, the company is now deploying the same level of privacy and security for voice and video chats. .
The company says it handles over 150 million video calls per day on Messenger, so offering the option to encrypt them is a smart move.
With end-to-end encryption, no one else, including Facebook, will be able to see or hear your voice and video conversations. However, you will need to enable encryption, as it will not be enabled by default. You will need to switch to a “Secret Chat” (Messenger’s name for end-to-end encrypted chats) for your voice and video chats to be encrypted.
Additionally, Facebook is adding more options to its disappearing messages feature, which is also part of secret conversations. The company has extended options for how long messages are kept in disappearance mode. Now you can choose between five seconds and 24 hours.
Messenger is catching up
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been offering call encryption for a while now, so it’s good to see Messenger catching up on security. Hopefully Facebook continues to make further security enhancements to all of its messaging apps, as conversation lockdown is always a great way to create extra peace of mind.