There aren鈥檛 many opportunities in life to feel like a super-secret undercover agent, which is why we jump聽on anything that will make us just a little bit more like 007 (secret Tinder account, anyone?). But now we 鈥 and 900 million others 鈥 are about to get high-security clearance (kind of) from an unexpected source.


Today, Facebook announced 鈥淪ecret Conversations,鈥 a new Messenger feature that will guard messages against prying eyes. The feature is made possible by聽something called end-to-end encryption. Translation: The secret messages聽will only be available on the two parties鈥 phones. And no one will be able to see the words sent 鈥斅爊ot Facebook itself, not a hacker and not even an FBI agent with a warrant.

The feature聽will be based on an opt-in system, meaning users will have to manually select the setting. Secret conversations won鈥檛 offer聽the features Messenger has been rolling out over the past few months (sending GIFs, money or video), but users will be able to have their messages self-destruct after a set amount of time, 脿聽la Snapchat (our favorite part of this whole thing.)

The feature is being tested by only a few beta users right now, but everybody should get it later in the summer or fall. We鈥檙e counting down聽to the day we can send our friend a mundane message with the accompanying words 鈥淭his message will self-destruct in five鈥︹

(h/t New York Times; photo via Facebook)