WhatsApp was reported last month to be working on an end-to-end encryption feature for voice calls and group chats. Today, the end to end encryption feature is finally announced by the world’s most popular messaging service.
The end-to-end encryption feature is now fully integrated into WhatsApp’s Android and iOS iterations. The new feature is added by Open Whisper Systems. A cryptographer and member, with a pseudonym Moxie Marlinspike, of the team which made the encryption possible stated,
“At Open Whisper Systems, our goal is to make private communication simple. A year ago, we announced a partnership with WhatsApp and committed to integrating the Signal Protocol into their product, moving towards a full end to end encryption for all of their users by default.”
Signal Protocol, something which acts as a base for the end to end encryption, has been rolled out for all WhatsApp clients such as, attachments, chats, group chats and voice chats.
WhatsApp serves messaging services to an userbase with a size greater than 1B. The users can share texts, photos, videos and locations by using the most popular messaging service. The move will now diable the company as well as the government to snoop on the conversations carried out using the messaging platform.
Facebook, parent company to WhatsApp, openly showed support for Apple during the Apple vs. FBI hype. The big blue social network made a strong claim that user privacy should be respected at all costs. Looks like WhatsApp has just made a move that reflects the ideology of its parent organisation.
Alongside end-to-end encryption, a new feature is also added to WhatsApp. With the new feature, you can check whether a specific chat is encrypted or not by merely looking at its chat settings.
The move is to benefit users for whom privacy is the biggest concern. If you’re one of them then you can grab the update today to enjoy a super-secure messaging experience.