WhatsApp suddenly becomes one of the most secure messaging platform on Android

WhatsApp suddenly becomes one of the most secure messaging platform on Android
Facebook may own WhatsApp, but it has suddenly found its homegrown Facebook Messenger lagging behind WhatsApp in terms of security. WhatsApp has flipped the switch to turn on full end-to-end encryption for messages sent between Android users. This move has suddenly made WhatsApp one of the most secure messaging platforms around.

It may not be the most secure, but it is certainly the most secure for a messaging platform of its size (which currently stands around 600 million active users). WhatsApp has teamed up with Open Whisper Systems to beef up the security in its app with open source encryption code. And, because it is end-to-end, it means that WhatsApp can no longer read your messages, and more importantly, can't decrypt them if there are any NSA requests or from any other law enforcement agencies. Only the people in the chat will be able to read the messages. 

The work to get this ready has been quite a long process. Word has it that Open Whisper Systems and WhatsApp started this project about 6 months ago, not too long after the acquisition by Faceboook was announced. Overall, it's a great move by WhatsApp, and a very impressive feature for a messaging system that is used by tons of people all around the world. 

Unfortunately, there is no word on when or if this end-to-end security will be coming to the other platforms where WhatsApp exists.

source: The Verge

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26 Comments

1. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

sounds good. But a common person will not care if someone snoops on the messages. They can always make a phone call to have more private conversation. By doing this, Whatsapp is providing a secure communication tool in hards of various militant organizations. That is going to hurt us more than snooping.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You think a phone conversation is private? Lol...the NSA is laughing at your statement...

12. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Chinese government, too.

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Russian government too.

21. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

well of course they have decryption software to run on the message signal or whatever data is carrying the message, but it still will take some time if the Big Boy NSA decryption software isnt being used, or the encryption algorithms devolped by WhatsApp are that damn good, which i doubt they are. Plus, theres always something called a Court orderd Warant, at least here in the US. So sorry Drug Dealer Wanabees, u cant pretend ur up on "The Wire" cuz of some free apps encryption project.

26. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

That kid next door too that has no friends, dresses funny and is always walking around with his phone in one hand and a scanner in the other...oh...and he reads your email too...

20. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

i concur

2. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Wish all my friends had WhatsApp. Wonderful experience versus SMS/MMS. Especially on Android.

3. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What???? Almost everyone with smartphone is using watsapp....

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Nope.. And I never will...

7. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It's ghastly... ran it for 2 days, gone...

22. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

not me lols. mabey for international texting. theres just to many lil txting apps these days. i jus need someones phone number, n email thats all.........kuz i use Google Voice, like an gosh darn ADULT.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I used it for a day or two and uninstalled it. I prefered the stock Samsung messaging app more.

10. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

In India if you don't have whatsapp, you don't have a phone.

15. AndroidLollipop unregistered

so true

24. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

so sad

17. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I disagree. I have on extra phone Nokia 1280 and it's Black & White screen. Doesn't mean that I don't have phone.

23. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lol dirty Indians. Sorry, couldnt resist makin fun of ur crappy infastucture.......for now at least. its sad, but u guys will probably get Fast 100/ Mbs download speeds for FREE , before most Americans will even touch 50/ Mbs for like $100 a month or more. 'Land of the Free' right?

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

You couldn't pay me to use WhatsApp.

6. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

K then.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Facebook owned and secure?! Joke!

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed! There is nothing secure about anything that is owned by Facebook.

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I want file sharing support like pdf, etc.

16. AndroidLollipop unregistered

i want .gif images support

25. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

what servise even HAS .gif suport neways?!?!?

13. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

How can we know for sure?

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