The social media giant is taking step forward for providing consumers with encrypted communications online, as it has begun to roll out a trial feature that can secure emails sent through the Facebook. This certainly is another blow to the surveillance, which is good to see!
The new feature enables users to use OpenPGP keys in their personal profiles, which can then be utilized to send emails that possessed end-to-end encryption from Social Network (Facebook) to the chosen email accounts of the consumer.
Facebook said, “We are gradually rolling out an experimental new feature that enables people to add OpenPGP public keys to their profile; these keys can be used to ‘end-to-end’ encrypt notification emails sent from Facebook to your preferred email accounts. People may also choose to share OpenPGP keys from their profile, with or without enabling encrypted notifications.”
Consumers can also choose to share their OpenPGP public keys from their personal profiles, via using an option to let it turn on and off.
Facebook users who want to try out this new feature can only access their contact info from the desktop Facebook version, where their personal OpenPGP key will be recorded. When the encryption is started, Facebook will also be authorizing all chats/messages sent out from the platform using its personal OpenPGP key to assure that the messages being received by consumers from the Facebook are genuine.
Unfortunately, this new feature is not available for the smartphone users, although The Giant stated that it is now researching on how to support the feature for mobile applications.
PGP represent “Pretty Google Privacy,” crawls the emails so that just the receiver of the mail will be capable to read and access the emails.
A pair of words is generated, to use the encryption system, which are lengthy strings that are generated by letters and numbers. Among all the keys, one of them is a public key which consumers can share with their own connects, while the other is a personal one which should be concealed.
GPG (Gny Privacy Guard), the specfic version of PGP that The Giant has selected to practice, remains a disreputably complex tool to work with, and it seems doubtful that the encryption features will be commonly used in the coming years.
However the step underscores Facebook’s object to roll out features which will help to sort out the weak sections of its user base. Facebook says, “it’s very important to us that the people who use Facebook feel safe and can trust that their connection to Facebook is secure; for instance this is why we run connections to our site over [encryption standard] HTTPS with HSTS, and why we provide a Tor onion site for people who want to enjoy security guarantees beyond those offered by HTTPS.”
Geoffrey King, Internet Advocacy Coordinator said, “Security tools like PGP encryption are most effective when they are used widely. Facebook has taken an important step to help protect users’ private communications by default, and make the risky environment in which journalists work a little bit safer.”
Finally, if you choose the option for encrypted email notification, The Giant will send you a confirmation email, where you must need to click on confirm button.
But keep in mind that the feature doesn’t yet cover chats between users via Facebook, with all those communications being reachable if the consumer’s account on the Facebook is compromised.