The popular messaging app, WhatsApp, has just updated on Windows phones just a few days after the entire network implemented new encryption technology to make communication between users on the app more secure against hacking.
Not much is known about today’s app update so it’s unclear if the timing is purely coincidental or was done to further support the new security measures which were actually enabled on all devices a couple of days ago without an update being required.
“The idea is simple: when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to,” WhatsApp’s founders said of the new level of security earlier this week. “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.”
While extra security is generally a good thing, many have wondered if this level of encryption could ironically make society less secur in other areas such as law enforcement. “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,” the founders say in response to the concerns. “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.”
What is known about the update is that it appears to have improved scaling. What this means is that the app will basically look better on a wider variety of different screen sizes with less blurring and sharper graphics and text. Have you tried WhatsApp yet on your Windows phone? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below.