California, April 6: In a major move, which proved to be a huge victory for WhatsApp, the company added an end-to-end encryption for all communications to secure their chats from third parties. WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most popular apps across all mobile platforms, which unites people across the globe through chats, video calls, sharing pictures and videos, and phone calls. The company made headlines back when Facebook bought it for a staggering $19 billion and handles over 30 million messages daily.WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum announced the update on his Facebook page, stating that the company has been working on the feature for the last two years. “We’ve been working for the past two years to give people better security over their conversations on WhatsApp… 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”, Koum wrote.
According to media agencies, the news comes after a public fight between the FBI and Apple over encryption. WhatsApp says its latest move makes it impossible for third parties - including government agencies, criminals and the company itself -- to peek into users' conversations within te service. Amnesty International called WhatsApp's move a "huge victory" for free speech.
"Every day we see stories about sensitive records being improperly accessed or stolen. And if nothing is done, more of people's digital information and communication will be vulnerable to attack in the years to come," the WhatsApp statement said. "Fortunately, end-to-end encryption protects us from these vulnerabilities." By bringing it to the entirety of its vast user base, WhatsApp has made the technology the most widely used cryptographic tool on the planet."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," WhatsApp wrote. "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."
On a blog post announcing the change, WhatsApp said that it had added the new, stronger measures across its messages because it "has always prioritized making your data and communication as secure as possible". "From now on when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, 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".