Anyone who has kept up with the news recently is probably aware of Apple’s battle with the FBI over an encrypted iPhone. Today, though, yet another company is giving the FBI a proverbial slap in the face, by announcing a new encryption technology.
WhatsApp is announcing that they have completed development on end-to-end communication technology. For users of the app, this technology means that from now on every action completed on the latest version of the app will be encrypted by default. Every call made and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message sent will now be protected. Only the person who can read it will be able to see it, and cybercriminals, hackers, governments, and not even WhatsApp will be able to read the messages for themselves.
If you’re currently using the latest version of WhatsApp, the encryption will be on my default, and will remain on at all times. No action is required on your part, and messages sent in the current version of the app will only be read by the recipients you intend.
Of course, encryption always brings worries about hindering the work of law enforcement. WhatsApp has noted this side of the issue in their blog post, saying:
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.
WhatsApp currently has over one billion users worldwide. The messaging app is a service that can be used to stay in touch with friends, and family no matter where they are located. If you have not already downloaded or are not currently using the app, you can check it out by clicking the links below.