Finally the most popular messaging app WhatsApp has now included a by default end-to-end encryption, this step is taken to ensure online privacy of its users around the world.
WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app with 600 Million users as of October 2014, has now partnered with Open Whisper Systems to boost the privacy and security of its users by implementing strong end-to-end encryption on all messages.
The strong end-to-end encryption which means that even Mark Zuckerberg ( Recently bought WhatsApp ) himself can’t spy into your conversations, even if asked by law enforcement agencies. The app maker describe this move as the “largest deployment of end-to-end encryption ever.”
The Open Whisper System which is a non profit software organisation started by Moxie Marlinspike. He & his team is behind the development of TextSecure app used for encryption. From the last three years, his team has been in the process of developing a open source, strong encryption protocol’ for messaging service, which is now being implemented into Whatsapp.
“We have a ways to go until all mobile platforms are fully supported, but we are moving quickly towards a world where all WhatsApp users will get end-to-end encryption by default,” Open Whisper System said in a blog post.
“We’re excited to incorporate what we’ve learned from this integration into our future design decisions, and to bring this experience to bear on integrations that we do with other companies and products in the future.”
Well There are some limitations to WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption. As it only works on Android platform and covers only text messaging. Also the app is open to man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks because there’s no way to check or verify the identity of the person you are messaging.
WhatsApp was bought by Facebook for $19 billion in February. WhatsApp has been criticized from the last few years for a series of security and privacy issues. But after the announcement of this new end-to-end encryption feature addon, it has been praised over the internet by security geeks.
“WhatsApp deserves enormous praise for devoting considerable time and effort to this project,” reads the post. “Even though we’re still at the beginning of the rollout, we believe this already represents the largest deployment of end-to-end encrypted communication in history.”
Other encryption messaging apps do exist currently, including Cryptochat, Silent Text and Telegram, but according to the Verge, WhatsApp will be the largest to implement this type of end-to-end encryption ever. Open Whisper Systems is a company built from open source contributors and a dedicated team to advance “state of the the art” secure communication, and is best known as the developer of the Signal, Redphone, and TextSecure apps.