Popular social messaging app WhatsApp is making its service more secure. The company announced that it is adding end-to-end encryption to its Android app, which will make it impossible even for the company to decrypt users’ messages. Also Read - HalloApp: Two ex-WhatsApp employees develop this ad-free social networking appAlso Read - WhatsApp features: The one where it can get these cool features soon
The company has partnered with Open Whisper Systems, a collaborative open source project which offers several security-focused texting apps. In end-to-end encryption, the company will make sure that only the participating users who are talking to each other have access to the conversation.
The most recent WhatsApp Android client release includes support for the TextSecure encryption protocol, and billions of encrypted messages are being exchanged daily. The WhatsApp Android client does not yet support encrypted messaging for group chat or media messages, but we ll be rolling out support for those next, in addition to support for more client platforms. We ll also be surfacing options for key verification in clients as the protocol integrations are completed, Open Whisper Systems said in a blog post.
The announcement comes weeks after advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF) found that many widely used instant messaging clients, including WhatsApp, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger lack an end-to-end encryption service and fail to provide the most minimal standards for security.
WhatsApp won t be the first instant messaging client to facilitate this feature; others like Telegram too offer the same level of security. But with more than 600 million users across the globe, it will be the first major service to deploy this high-level sophisticated security.
As of now the encryption only works in one-to-one conversations, and not on the conversations taking place in groups or any other such places. The company hasn t specified if this feature will be rolled out to WhatsApp s iOS and Windows Phone clients, but it seems likely.