Facebook Blew It on Messenger EncryptionWilliam Turton7/08/16 9:33amFiled to: facebooksecurityencryption494EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkGetty ImagesFacebook says it’s going to implement end-to-end encryption into its extremely popular Messenger app. Unfortunately, the company is going about it all wrong. The encryption will be require that users opt-in to use the security measure, which bows to the the FBI’s wishes, and flies in the face of what experts consider best practices.AdvertisementEncryption, done properly, obfuscates the messages you send so that only the sender and the intended recipient can read the content. This helps keeps your messages safe from hackers, mass surveillance, and other malicious actors.Facebook Messenger is upping its security to include encryption, but its effort will fall short, as it will share the same fatal flaw that maligns Telegram and Google’s forthcoming AI-enabled Allo app, in that users will have to opt-in to the encryption. If Facebook really cared about your privacy and security, why wouldn’t it just turn on end-to-end encryption by default? To be fair, Facebook’s new “Secret” mode in messenger will use the Signal encryption protocol, which has received universal praise from security experts and is generally considered to be the best encryption protocol. But the reason having encryption turned on by default is so important is that it protects and secures users who aren’t tech savvy and might not understand the benefits of encrypted communication.