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Encrypting your Facebook notifications

Encrypting your Facebook notifications

On Monday, Facebook announced a new experimental feature that, if enabled, will encrypt every email notification they send to you. As Leo Mirani writes at Quartz:

The new update will be of use only to the small minority of people who use encrypted email, a cumbersome system that puts off many non-technical users. But increased exposure to PGP keys via Facebook may help bring it ever so slightly more into the mainstream.

It's a small announcement, aimed at geeks, but has the potential to introduce end-to-end encryption to the masses. It's also part of a larger trends towards consumer-facing encrypted email. Last year, both Google and Yahoo announced end-to-end encryption tools for their webmail services.

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