We all saw this message pop up when we texted anyone on Whatsapp after yesterday evening! Here is what the messaging app has been trying to inform!
All data that is sent and received has been concealed in codes. This encrypted data can no longer be read by engineers who work for this Facebook-owned application. The specification ‘end-to-end’ signifies that only you and your friend who is receiving the text will know what’s going on in the chat. It is definitely a step up to privacy after Apple’s idea of an encrypted iPhone. All this has followed from weeks of intense debate with the law enforcement agencies in the US who have always wanted to allow people to talk freely without the companies having a note of it.
The Whatsapp blog that made the announcement read, “WhatsApp has always prioritized making your data and communication as secure as possible. And today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve completed a technological development that makes WhatsApp a leader in protecting your private communication: full end-to-end encryption…..No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us.”
So, how does it work?
The end-to-end data encryption first requires you to have the latest version of the app. That’s all you actually need to do. Whatsapp then handles your text this way:
- All your texts are encrypted and secure with a lock.
- only the recipient and you have the special key needed to unlock and read them. For added protection, every message you send has its own unique lock and key
- All of this happens automatically: no need to turn on settings or set up special secret chats to secure your messages.
In this world of digitized data, we very often hear about important details being stored on cloud being stolen and many other like incidents of ‘data theft’. Employees work hard to generate such confidential and copyrighted data and needs to be protected! This has been noted to be the world’s largest-ever implementation of this standard of encryption in any messaging service.