In order to endow users with an additional security layer, Microsoft has released a preview of end-to-end encrypted new Skype Private Conversations. Currently available for Skype Insiders, the feature offers you more protection over the content you send within conversations.
Utilizing Open Whisper System’s Signal Protocol, the new Skype Private Conversations provide end-to-end encryption for audio calls as well as any text messages, videos, images, and audios you send. As all content will be hidden in the app, so any Preview messages you send won’t show up in your chats or notifications.
When it comes to encrypted communication, Open Whisper Systems has become the industry standard. The major messaging giant WhatsApp also worked with the organization in 2016 to build its own form of end-to-end encryption. In case you’re a tech-savvy, you may be familiar with Open Whisper’s own messaging service app dubbed Signal, which is available for Android and iOS. Apart from its own chat service, the Company even beta tested encrypted voice calls last year.
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To use the new Skype Private Conversations, you need to select the New Private Conversation option from the Compose menu or from the profile of the person to whom you want to send a message. Then, the recipient has to accept your invite, which will particularly indicate that the private conversation will be secured with Microsoft Skype end-to-end encryption. In addition to this, there will also be a lock icon next to the contact’s name.
However, it’s worth notable that you can only participate in a private conversation from one device at a time. In other words, you can switch the conversation over to another device, but your message history won’t sync, requiring you to resend the invitation to your contact.
Once a private conversation ends, a confirmation window will appear letting you know it has officially ended. The new Skype preview also allows you to delete a private conversation in the same way you would with a usual chat. However, if you want to recover it, you have to start a private conversation with the same contact again.
The new Skype Private Conversations come with some limitations when it comes to your capabilities like you can’t edit a message or forward any files. You’re only able to send files, emoticons, and audio messages from the chat window.
For the time being, Skype end-to-end encryption is in the preview phase to gain feedback from Skype Insiders before rolling out the feature worldwide. The new Skype Private Conversations are currently available on the latest version of Skype for desktop, Android, and iOS.
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