With governments routinely snooping through our communications on a day-to-day basis, it’s only natural that users are asking for more and more privacy. And privacy they are given. This time by WhatsApp. The company has just added full end-to-end encryption to its app.
WhatsApp has been onto this over a year. It’s a project that the company started in 2014 with Open Whisper Systems, using Signal Protocol end-to-end encryption.
The final product is full end-to-end encryption of communications and media as long as each side has an updated app. As Open Whisper Systems explains,
Anyone with the latest version of the software will get their communications encrypted by default. Potentially this is huge, as there are over a billion active users on WhatsApp at the moment. End-to-end means that nothing is stored on WhatsApp’s servers and the company can’t decrypt people’s communications. Not even if it is forced to do so by the FBI or other organisations.
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The app will show users that their communications are being encrypted, but users will have to have the latest update for the app in order to enjoy its benefits.
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