Even though Edward Snowden successfully exposed the NSA’s gigantic efforts to spy into our phones a few years ago, people might have thought that the government would tone it down. Of course, they didn’t and on top of that, they found new ways to pry into our devices. We saw in recent news that the Government and FBI were able to look into a murder suspect’s iPhone by unlocking it without Apple’s help, which makes us ask ourselves: If they were able to do that, what is stopping them from spying into ours?
Well, the answer to that is the fact that many software companies responded to the consumers’ requests for privacy, even though the government still wants to get rid of it. And the best example is the instant messaging app, WhatsApp. The app, recently purchased by Facebook, announced that it will start using end-to-end encryption for all types of communication the app allows.
The only thing you and your friends will need to do is to keep your WhatsApp updated, to make sure that the encryption will work. It will basically be impossible for anyone to see your messages, even in the case of group calls, unless a bug is discovered, of course.
WhatsApp even announced on its blog that the encryption is pretty hack-proof: “No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us.”
If you weren’t using WhatsApp until now, and you want to give it a try, remember that it works only on mobile devices. We know that you’re going to argue and say that you can use it on the computer as well, but even so, it will need a WhatsApp connection on your phone. And the best part? It’s a free app!