The party is ON! Join us at TNW Conference 2021 in Amsterdam for face-to-face business!

The heart of tech

This article was published on February 4, 2016

Facebook cripples chat encryption app that promised users extra privacy

Facebook cripples chat encryption app that promised users extra privacy
Mix
Story by

Mix

Former TNW Writer

Mix is a tech writer based in Amsterdam that loves cinema and probably hates the movies that you like. Tell him everything you despise about Mix is a tech writer based in Amsterdam that loves cinema and probably hates the movies that you like. Tell him everything you despise about his work on Twitter.

Chat encryption app, Crypter, that seemed to offer a secure way to communicate with your Facebook friends has effectively depreciated in functionality after Facebook made changes to its platform to prevent the app from working.

Available as an extension for Chrome and Firefox, Crypter’s purpose was to encrypt your Facebook messages as a user is typing them. Created by Sussex University student Max Mitchell, the app was designed to let you and your Facebook friends put your messages into a cipher with an agreed-upon password. Once the correct password had been entered, Crypter users could decode the content of conversation.

crypter chats
This is how encrypted messages appeared before Facebook’s adjustments.

In light of recent mass spying revelations, Crypter adopts an ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ approach and – for this reason – the app was built specifically for Facebook, ‘[i]nstead of inviting users to join a brand new chat application.’

Since the changes Facebook implemented to stop the encryption app from working, the Crypter team assures us that they are ‘working extremely hard on another way around.’

Crypter [via TechCrunch]

 

Also tagged with