A safer version of Facebook is underway, as OpenPGP public keys will become an option. What this entails is that the messages that Facebook sends to its users could be encrypted, so that only the sender and the receiver be able to read them.
All of this is part of a new initiative that Facebook is taking in order to ensure the safety of its users’ information, alongside the version of the Facebook website that can be utilized through Tor, the secure internet network.
Lately, it is becoming more and more clear that all the information that we put out on the World Wide Web leaves us exposed and vulnerable in front of gigantic corporations. They use this information to their benefit, and there is little that we can do so as to stop them.
There is the marketing destination of personal information, that helps corporations filter the adds and publicity that we get bombarded with, just so they can make sure that we buy as much as we possibly can and that they make as much money as they possibly can.
This is the explanation offered most of the time, but as powerful as the marketing industry has become nowadays, it cannot amount for all the data collection.
NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, has become the whistle-blower of the data collection community and has warned the world that there are people who keep track of every single thing you do within your internet browser, from the wide range of Google searches to the e-mails you send and the people you send them to and all the way to the pictures you so carelessly post on Facebook.
Therefore, new and more secure ways of surfing the internet became a astringent necessity. And so it was that Tor, the secure network was created, so that the web footprint of its users be null. And now, Facebook is going to be on it.
As for the OpenPGP public keys, they will become available to all Facebook users out there who will want to make use of them, so that their Facebook e-mail stay private in a public browser. PGP stands for Pretty Good Privacy and uses encrypting methods to keep information sealed shut.
Facebook users will have to provide the correct password in order to decrypt the message and other entities will not be able to access the content of these e-mails. However encouraging that might sound, the problems regarding all the rest of the information that is used by corporations courtesy of Facebook remains as present as ever.
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