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Protect your messages, hide them in emoji

Mozilla, which makes the Firefox browser, has come up with a novel way to send secret messages across the web -- and look adorable while doing it.

You'd never know that behind that wall of seemingly unrelated emoji is a secret message. Thanks to Mozilla, the nonprofit behind the Firefox web browser, you can now send messages across the web without fear of unintended people reading it.

Click on my message to see what I've obscured with emoji. Hint: No one's going to stop me from getting to that chocolate factory now!

Screenshot by Ian Sherr/CNET

The service is called Codemoji, and it's delightfully simple to use. All you do is go to the Codemoji website and type in a message that's 120 characters or less (so, slightly shorter than a Tweet). Then, choose an emoji that acts like a key to decipher your message. Codemoji will do the rest.

Mozilla said it created Codemoji to help teach people how encryption technology works. "When more people understand how encryption works and why it's important to them, more people can stand up for encryption when it matters most," Mozilla Executive Director Mark Surman said in a statement, adding that governments around the world are attempting to clamp down on the technology's use.

Does this mean the next Bond flick will include a top-secret world-altering codemoji message from M? Probably not. But it's still pretty cool.