What WhatsApps End-to-end encryption means to you

WhatsApp yesterday announced it has finally rolled out end-to-end encryption to all users globally, making the IM safer to third party access.The move means a user’s WhatsApp message will not be read by any other person but only be read by the intended recipient. With end-to-end encryption, eavesdroppers, hackers, cyber-criminals and ISPs and government agencies cannot access or read people’s communication.

Jan Koum, in Facebook Post said, “WhatsApp has always prioritized making your data and communication as secure as possible. And today, 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.”

Koum added: “when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private – sort of like a face-to-face conversation.”

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encription comes weeks after Apple rejected FBI’s plea to Apple to access one of its customer’s iPhone. Apple rejected the request but FBI said it went further on its own to acess the phone. WhatsApp supported Apple’s move.

WhatsApp has been working on end-to-end encryption for nearly two years and the roll out brings a new era in user data safety which is likely to be taken up by more tech giants against repressive regimes. Encryption will promote safety and security as the world goes digital.

“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,” Koum said. “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.”


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