Facebook Launches New Feature For Data Protection
Facebook has rolled out new experimental encryption feature for the protection of notification emails. With Facebook’s end-to-end email encryption, the users will be able to add OpenPGP public keys to their Facebook profiles, the company announced yesterday.
The users can use end-to-end encryption by downloading GNU Privacy Guard (GPG). The system will let the users create two keys: one public and the other private. Those who want to send message to a protected profile, will use the public key. These messages can only be seen with the private key, which the original users will keep to them. Facebook will give users an option to update their own public key.
This will safeguard their emails from others; only real owner of the account will be able to read friend requests and other notifications.
If you want to understand the way in which “the most popular available standards for protecting email with public key encryption” works, Facebook refers to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The EFF has explained how great security measure OpenPGP can be (PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy). It has discussed some of the potential loopholes in the technology.
“The ‘keys’ themselves are, at heart, actually very large numbers, with certain mathematical properties,” the EFF said. “The public key and private key are connected. If you encode something using the public key, then someone else can decode it with its matching private key.”
It is worth mentioning here that users’communication with other users won’t be secured by the latest system. Its major function will be to check Google, Yahoo, hackers, and government agencies from reading notifications that users receive from the social media giant.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.