September 30, 2023

The feature that previously tested on group chats and calls allows users to enable encryption in two ways: swipe up on an existing chat to enter a secret dialogue where messages automatically disappear when the window closes, or tap the lock icon when starting a new conversation.

With cybercrime and hacking on the rise, it’s more important than ever to find great ways to connect with friends and family through private and secure communications.


The testing of end-to-end encryption was conducted back in 2016 , which ensures messages can’t be read by a third-party while in transit or stored on a server. Facebook claimed it already used secure communications channels, but based on user feedback, it introduced one-to-one secret conversations that can be read only by the person with whom you’re communicating, and only on one device.

While Meta-owned WhatsApp has supported end-to-end encryption by default since 2016, rumor has it Messenger and Instagram won’t get the same automatic treatment until 2023.

The opt-in security boost comes with a host of other features, everything from screenshot notifications, GIFs and stickers, reactions, and replies to message forwarding, media saving, and video edits. There’s also a verified badge so chatters can identify authentic encrypted accounts.

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