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WhatsApp rolls out end to end encryption

Published on 15 May 16

WhatsApp has something new for its billion users to surprise with, this time it’s not about mere interface changes, rather WhatsApp has defined its priority for the privacy of its users and come up with an absolute direct, safe and uninterrupted messaging system, which won’t allow any body to encrypt the data shared via WhatsApp, whether by the government or any hacker. No one would be able to decode the data, to snoop over the messages or calls, images or video would be impossible for any of the so-called smart techies, messages will be sent and received safely, end to end.

The point is How will the users be able to avail this updated feature? All you need to have is the updated WhatsApp version and it should work, provided both the users have the updated WhatsApp version to avail the end-to-end encryption feature. The process to check if it is active on your device, one can attempt and tap on verify, it will further open a QR code page with another 60 numbers. If possible, take your friends’ phone and scan the code from your phone, if the QR code matches a green tick mark will be visible, which will confirm the activation of chat encryption. Otherwise, a red exclamation mark appears to show it’s not secure. If the QR code doesn’t match then both the users must update the version from Google play store or App store. Please note that after the activation, the user cannot deactivate the chat encryption.

This is undoubtedly a much-awaited update to relieve billions of users. It was pending in the pipeline since a year or half but has arrived with a promising and edgy feature in comparison to other messaging services for android and iOSusers. Being Facebook its parent networkWhatsApp has somehow decided to stand out as an entity with end to end encryption policy.Although Facebook marketing is something that businesses spend thousands upon as Facebook has a wide reach and audience base. But WhatsApp has followed its own uncompromising trait towards the privacy of its users has been the highest privacy, according to the Ukraine born WhatsApp founder, Jan Koum. Irrespective of any region or operating system, it applies to all across the globe. Considering the sensitivity and controversial trait attached with the users’ privacy it’s quite a commendable achievement for any company to roll out end-to-end encryption policy.

As per the update, even WhatsApp won’t be able to access the user data on any level while it’s being delivered to the receiving end;hence it’s bound to lose on the diplomatic front.This addition will especially give a tough time to government agencies and might give heed to unwanted networks for misuse, which might not be a balanced approach for many but the ever changing dynamism seem to change further, few big giants seem to be on the same page as well. Apart from WhatsApp’s previous innovations like voice call, video & image sharing, updated Emojis, file attachments option and voice recording for impatient users to share with a click instantly, this exclusivechat encryption feature has not only surprised its users but has astoundingly amazed its competitors. There must be some announcements soon to come from its peers as well.
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