Recently, Viber has announced that they are rolling out end-to-end encryption for all its messaging apps. This comes after in the same last month, WhatsApp made the same announcement for their instant messaging app. However, this is not something that should be strange.
In the last period, the Californian US officials have been against strengthening the security on messaging apps. They say that in some cases they need to access restricted content due to safety reasons, for instance they need to see terrorists’ conversations and private data. However, this end-to-end encryption will not allow even the owners of the app to access the contents, not even in case they are required by the law. In this context, it seems only natural that Viber follows the model of Whatsapp and partly Telegram.
So now, its more than 700 million users can enjoy sending photos, videos, text messages and others without the concern of who will have access to them. Moreover, you can publicly chat with other peope, and the best part is that it’s free! However, in order to be able to talk to your friends using it, all of you have to download the app and register.
What’s great with Viber, compared with other similar apps, is that it enables video calling. Starting with version 5.0, all users can make a video call to another user simply by tapping on the camera icon. The other user instantly receives the video chat notification, which is similar to the FaceTime option for Apple.
Last but not least, it’s worth mentioning that among all these features, the end-to-end encryption shows an important position: Viber wants to keep up with the best on the market, and doesn’t want to be left behind and so to lose users.