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WhatsApp is definitely the most popular app in India with active users crossing the 150 million mark. While it was already offering user-friendly messaging, group chats and voice calling services, the app has recently launched video calling service for its users.
This might be a game changer for WhatsApp and might also affect the popularity of other service providers such as Skype, FaceTime, IMO and others who are already offering the service. So much so, the release of the video calling feature might have placed WhatsApp in direct competition with the service providers.
However, WhatsApp's huge user base and cross-platform support might just give it a significant advantage over its deemed competitors.
While all the features look to provide an enhanced user experience, but how secure, is the new video call feature of WhatsApp?
WhatsApp already has end-to-end encryption in its messaging and voice call features and has said the same would apply to its video-calling feature. AS such, WhatsApp will be end-to-end encrypted at all times. This will ensure that users' messages, videos, photos sent over WhatsApp can't be read by anyone else not even WhatsApp, not cyber-criminals, not law-enforcement agencies. Even calls and group chats will be encrypted.
This way, there is technically no possibility of someone tapping into calls or texts, not even the company itself.
Jan Koum, Co-Founder of WhatsApp also announced the update on his Facebook page, stating that the company had been working on the feature for the last two years. He further explains that WhatsApp has been working in order to give people better security over their conversations on WhatsApp and that people deserved better security.
So, by providing this enhanced security, it will make it possible for people to connect with their loved ones with greater confidence to speak their minds. Tight security and privacy will also allow users to communicate sensitive information with colleagues, friends, and others.
In addition, he admits that WhatsApp is glad to do its part in keeping people's information out of the hands of hackers and cyber-criminals.
It should be noted that feature is enabled by default in WhatsApp, which means that if you and your friends are on the latest version of the app, all chats will be end-to-end encrypted.