Jan Koum (WhatsApp co-founder) and his family moved from the USSR during communist rule to the United States because people couldn’t speak freely.
So when he built WhatsApp few years ago, he wanted people to use the platform to speak freely without fear of being watched – he wanted WhatsApp to be as secure as possible.
Today, that seem to have been achieved as he and Brian Acton (WhatsApp co-founder) have announced that a technological development that makes WhatsApp a leader in protecting users’ private communication has been completed.
This development means that when you and your contacts use the latest version of WhatsApp, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats.
“The idea is simple: when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private – sort of like a face-to-face conversation,” Jan and Brian stated in a blogpost.
The good thing about all this is that if you have the latest version of WhatsApp, you don’t have to do a thing to encrypt your messages because end-to-end encryption is on by default and all the time.
If you run WhatsApp’s latest version and the person you’re having a conversation with has an updated version too, you get this:
If you tap the encryption message, you get this:
And if you tap ‘verify’, you get this:
All this simply means all your communication with the person on the other side are secure!
If you’re on this terrestrial ball, you’ll know encryption is now a big deal. Everyday, sensitive data of people are improperly accessed or stolen by cybercriminals (and even cyberfriends), and if nothing is done, this will continue unabated.
Jan & Brian are good men. They can’t sit, fold their hands and allow these cronies have their way, and that’s why WhatsApp is now super secure.
“People deserve security. It makes it possible for us to connect with our loved ones. It gives us the confidence to speak our minds. It allows us to communicate sensitive information with colleagues, friends, and others. We’re glad to do our part in keeping people’s information out of the hands of hackers and cyber-criminals,” Jan Koum wrote on his Facebook page.
So, if you’re one of the billion users who use WhatsApp to stay in touch with their friends and family all over the world, fret no more. WhatsApp is now super secure!
No one can see inside your message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even Jan & Brian!
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS.
WhatsApp Messenger is available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Nokia.