Secret conversation in messenger allows two people to chat and talk in a private space, that cannot be viewed by anyone else. This feature is available to all Facebook users.
The feature is encrypted and ensures that no one can open up the conversations without a passkey.
In this blog, we will go into more detail on what is a secret conversation in messenger, and how it works.
The secret conversation is for users above the age of 13 years old.
If you have younger children you should encourage them to use Facebook Messenger for kids instead.
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You will need to update Messenger to it’s latest version to view secret conversations in messenger.
Here is how you can start a secret conversation :
If you send a message to someone using the secret conversation on messenger, the other person will know that this conversation is private.
There will a message bubble that would notify the other person.
There will also be an image that says ‘Encrypted from one device to the other’. This will inform the other person that the message is using the secret conversation chat on messenger.
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Once the conversation is gone, it can never be retrieved.
It is also possible to have a conversation on the normal Facebook Messenger chat as well as a secret conversation with the same person.
There is a lock button on the Secret Conversation, and a user can click on the lock button to unlock it and turn it into a normal Facebook Messenger conversation.
The secret conversation can be deleted from the Facebook Messenger app. However, deleting your conversation does not mean that the other person has deleted their chat.
You will need to start a new secret conversation when using a new device.
Old conversations cannot be viewed when using a new device.
Click on the profile icon and choose Secret Conversations. Then click on Delete Secret Conversations and tap on Delete all.
However, do note that while the conversation is gone on your device, it may still be available on your friend’s device, unless your friend deletes it as well.
When using Secret Conversation, both users will have a passkey. This is used to verify the messages are encrypted.
This is an optional process that can be used by users to compare passkeys.
To access your passkey, open a conversation, click on the name of the person you are chatting too and click on Device Keys.
The end-to-end encryption of secret conversations makes it safe to use. However, do keep in mind that leaks and hacks can always happen in the online world.
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