Skype adds end-to-end encryption to its messaging app via Private Conversations
Microsoft and Signal have teamed up to make Skype conversations as private as possible. The messaging service will soon benefit from end-to-end encryption, something that its rivals, WhatsApp and Messenger already offer for quite some time.
End-to-end encryption will be available for Skype users in the form of Private Conversations, a new feature that's now being tested by Skype Insiders. According to Microsoft, the new feature is not supported in groups, so you'll only be able to use when communicated with one other person. Here is how it works:
- Tap or click the + icon.
- Select New Private Conversation.
- Select the contact you'd like to start the Private Conversation with. You will be taken to a new chat with them.
- An invitation will be sent to your contact asking to accept your invitation. This invitation is valid for 7 days. If they do not accept before then, the invite will expire, and you will need to send another one.
- Once the contact has accepted, your Private Conversation will be available on that specific device. If you'd like to move the conversation to a different device, you would need to resend the invitation to your contact.
After you're done talking, you can delete the Private Conversation if you believe it's not worth keeping. You can do that by right-clicking on the conversation and selecting Delete chat.
The new Private Conversations feature will be rolled out to Android and iOS users once the preview period for Skype Insiders ends.