WhatsApp has today announced that all communication transmitted via its mesaging app will be encrypted end-to-end as part of a move to add a deeper layer of security and of course privacy that will protect users going forward. For example, ever call you make, message, share photos and video files, and voice messages you send thriough WhatsApp Messenger is by default end-to-end encrypted now. In detail it includes WhatsApp goup chats as well and more.
Apple’s exremely public legal battle going on with US Government and in particular the FBI as well, and it doesn’t mean that the underlying importance of security and privacy has disappeared into the ether, as American law enforcement agencies may no longer be allowing Apple through the legal system for assistance in breaking encryption on iOS-powered devices. Now that WhatsApp Messenger’s end-to-end encryption comes to scene live, as it renders messages unreadable if they are intercepted, for example by criminals or law enforcement.
WhatsApp has progressed expotentially over the past few years and is now unrecognizable from the relatively simple messaging platform and took the world for instant messaging by storm. WhatsApp, which has a billion users worldwide, said file transfers and voice calls would be encrypted too. With end-to-end encryption, messages are scrambled as they leave the sender’s device and can only be decrypted by the recipent’s device.
The Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp also include instaneous Wi-Fi calling to contacts as well as WhatsApp Web. Now rolled out the Signal Protocal, providing end to end encryption for its one billion users database, which is certainly a major boost for people’s ability to express themselves and communicate without fear. All the messages are now secured with a lock, and the only person to decode it have a special key to unlock and read them privately. The additional layer of security on WhatsApp now means that any communication sent, when includes text, media, audio files, and even phone calls, are now encrypted at every level and can only be accessed and read by the individuals involved in the conversation.
For better protection, every WhatsApp message you send out has an unique lock and passcode, which automatically, no need to turn on settings or requires any special secret codes to secure. Users got the option to verify the keys of the others to whom they’re communicating with, so that they’ll be able to confirm that an unauthorized third-party has not initiated a man-in-the-middle attack. This level of encryption and security is akin to what Apple consistently preaches with its iMessage platform that ships as a native solution within iOS. Essentially means that WhatsApp, or Facebook if you prefer to look at it from that perspective, will be simply unable to assist with extracting conversational data from its servers if decreed to do so.
The move by WhatsApp is likely to irk law enforcement agencies, specifically the US Department of Justice which has recently expressed concern over “unreachable” information cointained in devices. This latest rollout by the engineering teams behind the WhatsApp platform also applies to all supported platforms. Users on iOS, Windows Phone, WhatsApp Web, and Android, will be all benefit from the additional peace of mind that this level of encryption brings. No longer shall you fear about that your newer selfies being inecepted by any malicious individuals.
Nevertheless, this move by the world’s largest messaging platform is actually an extremely important rollout. Many insiders believed that because WhatsApp is now a Facebook-acquired company, and the social network has been accused multiple times in the past of extremely being lax with user’s data, that such a feature addition would never actually happen. This definitely proves that Facebook may have taken over WhatsApp in a much-billion dollar deal now, but the company is still operating on its own ment with an ethos designed to protect the rights and data of those using the platform from years.
What’s next? Other messaging apps with end-to-end encryption alongside WhatsApp Messenger include Telegram, which is to be used by the so-called Islamic State to share information.
WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum on the official blog, said:
Encryption is one of the most important tools governments, companies, and individuals have to promote safety and security in the new digital age. Recently there has been a lot of discussion about encrypted services and the work of law enforcement. While we recognize the important work of law enforcement in keeping people safe, efforts to weaken encryption risk exposing people’s information to abuse from cybercriminals, hackers, and rogue states.
While WhatsApp is among the few communication platforms to build full end-to-end encryption that is on by default for everything you do, we expect that it will ultimately represent the future of personal communication.
The desire to protect people’s private communication is one of the core beliefs we have at WhatsApp, and for me, it’s personal. I grew up in the USSR during communist rule and the fact that people couldn’t speak freely is one of the reasons my family moved to the United States.
Today more than a billion people are using WhatsApp to stay in touch with their friends and family all over the world. And now, every single one of those people can talk freely and securely on WhatsApp.
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