Two years after the NSA controversy exploded in Facebook’s face, the company is “gradually rolling out” limited support for PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption.
This is huge, in a sense. A company dedicated to selling off your every want to advertisers is taking steps to support truly secure communication technology. But alas, after trying the new features ourselves, we found that Facebook’s done little to truly reduce the barrier to entry that accompanies Snowden-approved, end-to-end encryption.
Before we begin, here’s some prerequisite info: Created in 1991, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is an end-to-end encryption program. End-to-end encryption means only the sender and receiver of a message can read it. PGP uses keys, one public and one secret, in order to help protect digital communications.