WhatsApp joins terrorism row by switching encryption on for its billion users: Firm says move will ‘lock out cybercriminals, hackers and oppressive regimes’

 

  • With new encryption, message will only be readable to sender and recipient
  • End-to-end encryption uses distinct ‘locks’ and ‘keys’ to secure messages
  • Encryption extends to calls, messages, photos, videos, file, voice message
  • Blog post says this locks out cybercriminals, hackers, oppressive regimes
  • Itfollows tensions between the FBI and Apple over San Bernardino iPhone

By CHEYENNE MACDONALD FOR DAILYMAIL

WhatsApp has announced a major plan to keep your conversations protected.

The global messaging service is now equipped with end-to-end encryption for every user with the latest version of the app.

The update arrives amid a heightened international debate over how much access law enforcement should have to digital communications and follows a high-profile showdown between Apple and the FBI over an encrypted iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

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WhatsApp has announced a major plan to keep your conversations protected. The global messaging service is now equipped with end-to-end encryption for every user with the latest version of the app. This means all phone calls, texts, and even media files are visible only to people included in the thread

WHAT IS END-TO-END ENCRYPTION?

With ‘end-to-end’ encryption, messages are visible only to the person who has sent them and the individuals that were meant to receive.

The system works by using a lock to secure messages between individuals or in a group chat.

This lock is paired with a distinct key, which only the sender and the recipients will have.

This will lock out cybercriminals, hackers, oppressive regimes, and even WhatsApp officials to keep your data private, the blog says.

It means all phone calls, texts, and even media files are visible only to people included in the thread.

According to a recentWhatsApp Blog post, end-to-end encryption will lock out cybercriminals, hackers, oppressive regimes, and even WhatsApp officials to keep your data private.

Messages on the Facebook-owned service will only be visible to the person who has sent them, and the individuals on the receiving end.

The system works by using a lock to secure messages between individuals or in a group chat.

This lock is paired with a distinct key, which only the sender and the recipients will have.

Each message in the conversation will have its own unique lock and key, the website explains and the exchanges will occur automatically.

Users wont have to turn on a particular setting to secure their messages with the latest version of the app, end-to-end encryption will be an automatic feature.

We live in a world where more of our data is digitized than ever before, the blog post explains.

Extracted from dailymail

 

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