WhatsApp Rolls Out End-to-end Encryption Using TextSecure Code

Posted: Nov 19 2014, 4:38am CST | by , in News | Technology News


WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encryption using TextSecure code

WhatsApp won't be able to decrypt the messages itself

WhatsApp's Android app has recently got a rather surprising feature in its update and this wasn’t something we had been expecting to see. This surprising feature is the introduction of strong end-to-end encryption which would be enabled by default. If we look through all the messaging apps around us, this one is the strongest security measure any one has taken and has left behind Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

For the launch of this new feature, Whatsapp had joined hands with Open Whisper System and the new features were built in by the use of open source code. There still hasn’t been any mention of whether these features will make their way to the iOS eventually or not but this reach out to the Android users, a very large representation of users, is a good step for starters.

"End-to-end" means that this encryption isn’t anything like you have seen on Gmail or Facebook Chat. Unlike these platforms, WhatsApp is not going to be able to decrypt the messages itself not even if the company is compelled by law enforcement. The key exchange will be set up by the company between the two users and only they will have access to the conversation itself.

source: whispersystems

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/32" rel="author">Ahmed Humayun</a>
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