Instant messaging service WhatsApp has enhanced its security system by adding end-to-end encryption in its app, meaning, everything that you send or receive using WhatsApp is now fully protected with secure advanced technology.
Today, when you open the WhatsApp, you will see this message, “Messages you send to this chat and calls are now secured with end-to-end encryption, Tap for more info.”
What do these words mean? According to the details, WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature, which will fully encrypt the text messages, voice calls, video calls, documents, and the other kind of files shared using the app.
“Today more than a billion people are using WhatsApp to stay in touch with their friends and family all over the world. And now, every single one of those people can talk freely and securely on WhatsApp,” WhatsApp stated in a blog post.
Now, there is no chance for hackers, cyber criminals or anyone else to see what users share on WhatsApp. The feature is already rolled out in the latest version of the WhatsApp app for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows smartphones.
Back in 2014, WhatsApp was acquired by the Facebook, but it is still being run by Jan Koum and Brian Acton who are the co-founders of WhatsApp. They were working on the security system of WhatsApp from the very first day of its launch, and they had a plan of creating an enhanced security system for this app since 2013. Now, Jan and Brian have finally started it.
With end-to-end encryption, not even employees at WhatsApp can unlock any file or message in any WhatsApp account. These kind of encryption systems are also being used by famous security agencies such as Police, FBI, government etc.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook, “An important milestone for the Facebook community. Now all your conversations and calls are encrypted to keep you and your information safe when you use the latest version.”
In Pakistan, not only ordinary people use WhatsApp, but even the officials in Police use this app for various purposes, and this new feature will be very helpful for them because now their private communication is protected.
While it is a great initiative taken by the Mountain-view based company, It is still important to mention here that the security agencies are known to request the companies for unlocking of the accounts for security purposes, no matter what kind of encryption is used.
It is also important to mention here that after the San Bernardino shooting, FBI is battling with Apple and wants Apple to unlock the iPhone, which belongs to one of the terrorists involved in the attack.