Facebook owned popular messaging app WhatsApp recently unveiled a new end-to-end encryption feature. This move is closely preceded by a turmoil between Apple and US government regarding the encryption of iPhones.
The new end-to-end encryption feature of the popular messaging app has however received widespread criticism from government officials worldwide. Some reports claim that the feature will be a threat to a country's safety as this will provide law breakers vacuum to communicate with each other without worrying about the consequences.
The end-to-end encryption for WhatsApp only when both the person who are chatting with each other are using the updated version of the app. So just in case your friend isn't using the updated version of the app, the end-to-end encryption is rendered useless.
Just in case you were wondering how different is this WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption from what other messaging apps have, then the company has an answer. According to the company the end-to-end encryption means that only the two people conversing can read the content. In fact, the company itself can't read it. The encryption is carried out by a special key that it presents only with the user to whom you sent the message.
Basically you won't need to anything to enable the cool new encryption feature of the messaging app. Instead it is turned on automatically. The only thing which you have to do however, is to update it to the latest version.
Just in case you though that only your messages will be encrypted then you are wrong. WhatsApp has clarified that the end-to-end encryption feature will work for the calls done on the platform. This means that no one can listen to the conversation except you and your friend.
So it's not just your calls and texts, the media files sent over WhatsApp too are covered. Thus you needn't need to worry about sending cheesy photos and videos to your friends!