Tel Aviv-based mobile messaging company, Viber has today rolled out a new feature in its app. The company has added end-end-end encryption and hidden chat system. Now Viber is safe and no one can read your messages, even the employees at Viber.
The move comes after WhatsApp launched end-to-end encryption to protect its users’ privacy. Japanese-based Line already offers end-to-end encryption since October 2015.
Now, Viber has rolled out the same technology for its iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS X users.
It has not revealed what level of end-to-end protection it has added. There are a different set of rules for each kind of encryption.
In addition to the end-to-end encryption, the company has also added Hidden Chats function. With this function, the user can select any particular Viber contact and protect it with a four-digit PIN code. The user has to enter the PIN code every time a message is received from this contact.
“We take our users’ security and privacy very seriously, and it’s critical to us that they feel confident and protected when using Viber. Because of this, we have spent a long time working on this latest update to ensure that our users have the most sophisticated security available and maximum control over their communications. We will continue to make this an ongoing priority as digital communication evolves,” says COO Viber, Michael Shmilov.
In Pakistan, Viber is the fifth most used messaging app on smartphones after Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, IMO, and Skype.
Most of the instant messaging apps are now more concerned about security features. After San Bernardino shooting, FBI was asking Apple to unlock the iPhone that belongs to one of the terrorists involved in the case. But Apple is not a good boy, it denied unlocking the smartphone.
FBI then asked for assistance from an outside company, and it finally got access to the iPhone. After this case, most of the popular mobile messaging companies are doing efforts to secure their communication methods.
We may expect that the other companies like Skype and IMO will also announce similar features very soon.