After the case between the FBI and Apple we previously heard that a number of companies were working to improve encryption on their services and now WhatsApp has announced that their app now comes with end to end encryption.
The company announced the news on their blog and revealed that their one billion users photos, videos, messages and more are now protected by end to end encryption.
What this means is that the only people who can read your messages is the person you send it to and also yourself.
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.
The company also made an indirect reference to the recent case between Apple and the FBI in their post, you can see this statement below.
Recently there has been a lot of discussion about encrypted services and the work of law enforcement. While we recognize the important work of law enforcement in keeping people safe, efforts to weaken encryption risk exposing people’s information to abuse from cybercriminals, hackers, and rogue states.
This is good news for WhatsApp users as it will ensure that their data is protected from hackers and others who want to access their information.