WhatsApp becomes secure with addition of end-to-end encryption
The popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp, has recently added end-to-end encryption for the mobile app. This is seen as a way of ensuring high level of security to millions of users.
The move was initiated by Open Whisper Systems, a mobile security company. It has created a partnership with WhatsApp to come up with an end-to-end encryption which intends to make it nearly impossible for governments even with a warranty to intercept your text messages.
At the moment the encryption feature is included in the WhatsApp client for Android and only works for one-to-one messages, not group messages.
In a recent blog post, open whisper systems explained the encryption: “The most recent WhatsApp Android client release includes support for the TextSecure encryption protocol, and billions of encrypted messages are being exchanged daily. The WhatsApp Android client does not yet support encrypted messaging for group chat or media messages, but we’ll be rolling out support for those next, in addition to support for more client platforms. We’ll also be surfacing options for key verification in clients as the protocol integrations are completed.”
The move follows announcements by Apple and Google that they were encrypting by default data stored on iPhones and Android devices.
The effect of this could be two way. First the end user is assured on security measures of the system. On the other hand, such encryption would be a huge blow when it comes to legitimate investigations of criminal suspects.