Online messaging is one of the most popular methods of communication right now and on top of the list of services that offer it is WhatsApp. The service is popular around world with over 1 billion users and starting today, they’re encrypted every bit of data that goes over the platform.
This applies to texts, videos, pictures, and voice messages sent through WhatsApp and it applies to everyone everywhere, no user action required. The change has already taken place on WhatsApp’s end and offers tight security. Only the recipient and sender of a message will be able to access the contents with the company themselves not even being able to access the data.
This of course takes place only a few short days after the conclusion of the Apple VS the FBI conversation that took place where encryption once again became a hot topic of conversation. WhatsApp had the following to say regarding why they feel implementing encryption was the right direction for their service.
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.
Users will be notified within their application of this change as well as the option to verify that messages are encrypted through an option on the device’s settings menu.Via: WIRED