GREENSBORO, N.C. — Facebook says it's revamping its messenger platform and making it more private. But your information could still end up in someone else's hands.
According to Consumer Reports, Facebook's privacy plan is encrypting messages. That means only you and the person you're messaging would be able to read your messages. Still, that doesn't mean it's private.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ENCRYPTION
Encryption only works if both parties are using the messenger app. So if you use the app to text people who don't have it, that conversation is not encrypted.
Facebook also, still collects your data to better inform advertisers. So even if what you're talking about is private, things like who, where, and when you're talking to someone can still be seen.
If you're looking for a more private messaging app, Consumer Reports has some that they've researched.
PRIVATE MESSAGING APPS
Confide boasts "military grade" encryption. The app reveals messages bit by bit and they disappear after they're read. However, security experts have doubts about the app. Its encryption protocol is proprietary meaning no one outside of the company has seen it. Experts warn that protocols that haven't been reviewed by outside sources can have more vulnerabilities.
Signal, on the other hand, uses an encryption protocol that's been available for review since 2014. Cryptographers have reviewed and praised the app for its security. However, encryption is a two-way street. It only works if both people use the app and the regular consumer may not know about it.