Facebook, or rather Meta, announced this week that it is being tested End-to-end encryption for Messenger Backups, secure storage, and automatic end-to-end encrypted chat threads as well as expand other features. It appears that Facebook has taken some time to implement the required security feature on their messaging app, considering that it was first released in 2008.
Meta began testing secure storage this week on Android and iOS, but that feature isn’t yet available on the official website, desktop Messenger or unencrypted end-to-end chats, the press release explains. Meta hopes to roll out more tests and updates to our end-to-end encrypted chats in the next few weeks.
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“People want to trust that their online conversations with friends and family are private and secure. We work hard to protect your personal messages and calls with end-to-end encryption by default on Messenger and Instagram. Today, we’re announcing our plans to test a new secure storage feature for your encrypted chat backups. End-to-end on Messenger, and more updates and tests to deliver the best experience on Messenger and Instagram.”
Your message history is important and your end-to-end encrypted Messenger conversations are currently stored on your device. With this in mind, we’re testing secure storage to back up these messages in case you lose your phone or if you want to restore your message history on a new supported device. As with end-to-end encrypted chats, secure storage means we won’t be able to access your messages, unless you choose to report them to us.”
Secure storage will be the default way to protect your end-to-end encrypted chat history on Messenger, and you’ll have multiple options to recover your messages if you choose to do so. There will be two end-to-end encrypted options for accessing your backups: either create a PIN or generate a code, both of which you’ll need to memorize. You can also choose to restore your Messenger conversations via third-party cloud services. For example, for iOS devices, you can use iCloud to store a secret key that allows access to your backups. Although this method of protecting your key is secure, it is not protected by the end-to-end encryption of Messenger. “
For more information about all the new encryption that is rolling out in the Messenger app, head over to the official Facebook news site by following the link below.
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