Hundreds of millions of WhatsApp users are getting end-to-end encryption
WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app in the world with more than 600 million active users every month, doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to protecting the privacy of its users. The Facebook-owned company hopes to change this, however, with the announcement that it plans to make its service as secure as possible.
In partnership with the privacy-focused Open Whisper Systems, WhatsApp is currently working to implement end-to-end encryption for every device using the messaging app, according to The Verge, by scrambling each new message with a cryptographic key saved on your device. This means that not even WhatsApp itself can read your messages.
“WhatsApp deserves enormous praise for devoting considerable time and effort to this project,” Open Whisper Systems, which powers the encryption using its open-sourced technology, noted in a blog post announcing the news, as quoted by Techno Buffalo. ”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.”
“Whatsapp is integrating Textsecure into the most popular messaging app in the world, where people exchange billions of messages a day,” says Moxie Marlinspike, Open Whisper System’s creator and a well-known software developer in the cryptography community, as quoted by Wired. “I do think this is the largest deployment of end-to-end encryption ever.”