All your WhatsApp communications and data are now fully end-to-end encrypted, says WhatsApp. After more than a yearlong signal protocol integration, WhatsApp finally has announced that all your messages, calls, photos, videos are completely encrypted end-to-end.
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WhatsApp made this announcement via their official blog.
We’re proud to announce that we’ve completed a technological development that makes WhatsApp a leader in protecting your private communication: full end-to-end encryption. From now on when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats..
After this new encryption technology, all your WhatsApp communications are absolutely private. No one except the sender and receiver can see your messages; no hackers, no cyber criminals and not even the company itself. Your WhatsApp chats now onwards will be more like a face-to-face conversation. All your WhatsApp messages will now be secured with a lock, and only the sender and recipient will have the special unique key required to unlock and read them. You don’t need to change your settings, all this encryption happens automatically.
Please note that this end-to-end encryption is effective only in the latest version of WhatsApp. Thus, to get this newly announced privacy in your WhatsApp communications, both sender and receiver have to install the latest version of the application.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular free cross-platform mobile messaging apps with more than a billion users. Back in November 2014, WhatsApp partnered with Open Whisper System and began rolling out the encrypted text messages and these protections are now being extended to all your WhatsApp calls, group chats, videos, and photos. The protection will be applicable on both Android as well as iOS devices.
Head over to the official WhatsApp blog to learn more about how end-to-end encryption works.