While WhatsApp recently announced that it has crossed the 1 billion active users milestone thereby leading it to being the most popular mobile messaging app, the platform still had some privacy setbacks (in my opinion).
Telegram, it’s major competitor, had more privacy setting especially with the end-to-end encryption on messages.
WhatsApp has decided to take the bull by the horns thereby launching end-to-end encryption technology on the platform. With the new feature, WhatsApp has got more privacy and security than ever before.
Hence, from now on, when you and your contacts use the latest version of WhatsApp application, every call you make and every message, photo, video, file and voice message you send, is end-to-end encryption. This is enabled by default even in group chats.
For those who do not understand what this encryption means, it simply means that, when you update the app to it’s latest version and you send a message using the app, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send the message(s) to. No one else can be able to see inside the message. Not cyber-criminals, hackers, oppressive regimes, not even WhatsApp. The update guarantees more privacy and can be likened to a face to face conversation.
In other to get the new feature rolling on your device, you need to update the app to it’s latest version. Android users can do that via playstore while iOS users can do that via the app store.
Interestingly, although WhatsApp has announced that it will soon discontinue support for the blackberry OS including Blackberry 10, blackberry 10 users will still get the encryption update (as seen in the image above as i already updated mine – iOS left, Blackberry 10 right)). I can’t really say for older blackberry phones running older blackberry OS as well as other platforms the app had initially said it will soon stop supporting.