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WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encryption to its 1 billion+ users

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WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encryption to its 1 billion+ users

As the world has gone digital, the ongoing preservation of security and privacy has remained a hot topic of conversation. Being the world's largest social network, Facebook knows only too well the importance of these two fundamentals. It is essential that Zuck and his team get these things right not only for the benefit of users, but also Facebook's own PR image. In this spirit, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp service now features end-to-end encryption across the board, meaning that all messages, photos, videos and voice notes transferred cannot be accessed by anybody other than the sender and intended recipient. 

The update to the infrastructure means that not even WhatsApp can view the data, and has been activated for any and all users of the famed instant-messaging app. Whether you're still rocking WhatsApp on the BlackBerry OS or running the app on your iPhone, your correspondence cannot be snooped upon by outsiders. 

The move by WhatsApp to deliver end-to-end encryption seems timely, given the much-publicized recent skirmish between Apple and the FBI. Though it was never in much doubt, today's update affirms Facebook's stance as an ally to Apple in the protection of Joe Public's personal data. 

Whether this move will prompt the likes of the FBI to demand loopholes to circumvent these digital blockades, only time will tell. But with one billion worldwide users, WhatsApp's position among the foremost IM apps has only been consolidated by the new encryption. 

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posted on 05 Apr 2016, 12:39 3

1. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3367; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Finally.

posted on 05 Apr 2016, 12:57 2

2. Bm888 (Posts: 516; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Much welcomed.....

posted on 05 Apr 2016, 13:39 3

3. ibend (Posts: 6633; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


except for FBI and friends

posted on 05 Apr 2016, 15:46 3

4. Abdbaas (Posts: 46; Member since: 05 Apr 2016)


That's a load of BS. encrypted doesn't mean anything if WhatsApp gives the key to government agencies. And I just don't trust Facebook and Zuckerberg. Telegram is the real deal. Period

posted on 05 Apr 2016, 16:32 1

5. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


All the messages are still on their servers, so, this is only ensuring it gets to their servers securely, where it can be eavesdropped on...but "securely".

There's no privacy in the hands of facecrook.

posted on 05 Apr 2016, 16:38

6. Wiencon (Posts: 2019; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


You are very creative with names aren't you?

posted on 06 Apr 2016, 15:46

7. RGreen (Posts: 75; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)


got to love it

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