If you use the latest version of WhatsApp, you can rest assured that your communication is secure and that no pair of curious eyes can see … even the government.
In an interview with Wired magazine, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, founder of the application most used worldwide mobile messaging, confirmed that encryption in all communication through WhatsApp is already active.
This notice confirms talks that encryption is already active in WhatsApp
WhatsApp also launched a microsite explaining simply and, for those interested in detail and with computer security terms, everything about encryption in communication via WhatsApp.
Encryption comes to the application of WhatsApp on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and even for those oldies mobile phones –but not inteligentes– Nokia.
If you open WhatsApp now, you should see a message in your conversation that this encryption is now active. Acton and Koum explains to Wired, encryption is the type end-to-end encryption, which means that even WhatsApp employees can read the information sent through the app. “WhatsApp has no way to cooperate with orders of court demanding access to any message, call, photo or video traveling in the service,” explains Wired.
In the microsite concerning security in WhatsApp, application explains: “encryption end to end in WhatsApp is available when you and the people you send them messages are using the latest versions of WhatsApp […] The encryption. from end to end of WhatsApp ensures that only you and the recipient can read what is sent, and no one in the middle, even WhatsApp can do so “.
WhatsApp uses encryption open source TextSecure, created by the company nonprofit Open Whisper Systems and stirring messages, the only way to sort messages is a key that changes with each new message and stored only in the phone into the conversation. Each key and each lock is unique for each message sent.
If you do not receive the message in the conversation (as in the picture), go to the information of every conversation and under the multimedia files sent, featured messages and notifications, a section called encryption, where a padlock in blue tone appears appears and he says that messages and calls are encrypted. WhatsApp also gives the option to scan a QR code to confirm.
The complete and point to point encryption WhatsApp comes barely a few weeks after the messaging application entered the eye of investigations of the US government, because government agencies were investigating ways to jump encryption app.
The beginnings of WhatsApp and encryption back to 2014, when he added encryption WhatsApp on Android, iOS in August 2015 received the same encryption and in March began to encrypt the group chats. However, from today all communication through WhatsApp is already safe.