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How to send "secret" and "disappearing" Facebook messages

How to send "secret" and "disappearing" Facebook messages
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Facebook is one of the most popular social media sites in the world. The number of monthly active users is approaching 2 billion worldwide. That's impressive.

People love Facebook for many reasons. Whether it's connecting with people from our past, or using its many appealing new features, we just can't seem to get enough. Facebook even has a tool to make you more productive at work.

The Messenger app is one of Facebook's most useful features. But Messenger just got even better recently with the addition of an end-to-end encryption privacy setting. It allows users to have 'secret conversations' that no one else will have access to, not even Facebook.

Encryption is an extremely secure way to protect your conversations from being heard or seen by anyone but you. It's a method that scrambles your data, so if a hacker intercepts the data, they can't see anything but gibberish.

End-to-end encryption means the encryption extends from one end of the communication pathway to the other. It doesn't offer hackers any point to tap in and steal an unencrypted version of the message.

The end-to-end encryption feature in the Messenger app is the same service used in the Facebook-owned Whatsapp. It will make it impossible for hackers, the government, telecoms and even Facebook itself to read these conversations. Only the sender and recipient can see the messages and only on one device of their choosing.

However, to use the end-to-end encryption feature, you first must turn it on. The default setting for Secret Conversations in the Messenger app is off.

Next page: How to enable Secret Conversations
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