The application with the largest number of active users, over 1 billion, is getting end-to-end encryption on all its versions (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia), which means that all messages containing texts, photos, videos or audio recordings will be completely secure and only recipients will access them.
You’ve probably heard of the war between Apple and FBI because of the company’s refusal to decrypt the iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernadino shooters. In solidarity with Apple, WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum said that “Our freedom and liberty is at stake.” Now, this application has received end-to-end encryption, which will make users trust WhatsApp and feel free to say to their friends whatever crosses their minds.
WhatsApp’s services were partially encrypted since November 2014, but end-to-end encryption was obtained in collaboration with nonprofit software group Open Whisper Systems and you should be notified about this mass rollout in the next days. Yesterday, Jan Koum wrote on his Facebook account that “Now every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default if you and the people you message use the latest version of our app. Even your group chats and voice calls are encrypted. People deserve security. It makes it possible for us to connect with our loved ones. It gives us the confidence to speak our minds. It allows us to communicate sensitive information with colleagues, friends, and others. We’re glad to do our part in keeping people’s information out of the hands of hackers and cyber-criminals.”
This measure will not affect you in any way, but if you’re planning a terrorist attack, governmental authorities will try to get a copy of your communications and will have a warrant for that, but it will hard to crack the system because of the strength of the encryption, However, we don’t encourage anyone to become terrorists! Violence is bad and must be punished, but when it comes to private data, discussions must stay private.
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