Your WhatsApp Messages are Now Encrypted and More Secure

A wave of delight has started to sweep away 600 million users of the most popular messaging app WhatsApp. The company has released an update to its Android app that will have a strong end-to-end encryption by default. What does this mean for you? Scroll down to know.

WhatsApp Messages end-to-end encryption

The recent partnership of WhatsApp with Open Whisper Systems is nothing but good news for users who might have questioned the security or privacy of their WhatsApp messages. In its latest update for Android, the company has integrated the TextSecure encryption protocol.

What Does this Mean?
With the TextSecure encryption protocol in place, your messages are end-to-end encrypted. In other words, your messages can be read only by you and the receiver. So, this eliminates the risk of a hacker or anyone decrypting and reading your messages while it is traveling to the recipient’s device.

This Encryption Technology is Stronger than What Facebook and Google Uses
While our emails and messages on Facebook and Google are encrypted, they can still be read by authorities if permitted by law. TextSecure, on the other hand, ensures that the message is only read by the sender and the recipient, and no one else, nada. So, even if the government compels WhatsApp to share your data, there is no way they can do it. Hence, it can be safely said that this is the strongest security feature any major texting app has ever offered.
As per reports, WhatsApp is by far the largest platform that has deployed end-to-end encrypted communication in history.

Limitations
As of now, the TextSecure protocol only encrypts your text messages and not group chats, images and videos. However, Open Whisper Systems has stated in a blog post that they will be rolling out support even for these issues in the near future.

Do you have to Activate the TextSecure Protocol on your WhatsApp?
You do not have to do anything to turn this security feature ON, as it would be enabled by default. Also, this will not affect the way you use the WhatsApp in anyway. As Open Whisper Systems’ co-founder Moxie Marlinspike says it, “Ordinary users won’t know the difference, it’s totally frictionless.”

For those who would like to know about this development and how the TextSecure protocol works, here are some useful sources you can gather knowledge from:

https://whispersystems.org/blog/whatsapp/
https://wrd.cm/1xTD5aY
https://bit.ly/1oZqb9D
https://on.mash.to/1qlBo5u

Now that your WhatsApp messages are encrypted, do you feel safer about your privacy? Do leave your comments below!

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sandeep tomar
sandeep tomar
5 years ago

Great,
n
thanks

ajit kr. choudhury
ajit kr. choudhury
5 years ago
Reply to  sandeep tomar

Thank U

zahir
zahir
5 years ago

Nice one

Navnit Patel
Navnit Patel
5 years ago

Thank you
me inform
super GK Info…n

MIHIR
MIHIR
5 years ago

Good evening,
This is a great feature, how ever the government should be allowed to decrypt and read them in order to prevent crimes

Dr. THOMAS PT
Dr. THOMAS PT
5 years ago

It appears very convenient and safe. But let me try for some time

Dr. THOMAS

chander
chander
5 years ago

thanks and thanks to whats authorities. now a days security assumes very high importance

Paramjit
Paramjit
5 years ago

Its good for all of us.

Kiran choudhary
Kiran choudhary
5 years ago

Good

GOUTAM BANIK
GOUTAM BANIK
5 years ago

when my computer scanning through uniblue speedupMy PC then showng on computer junk file 3200 is it crash my pc after few days ? Please solve my problem if possible..

Rahul Thadani
5 years ago
Reply to  GOUTAM BANIK

Hi Goutam,

In order to resolve this, we recommend that you contact our customer support center and have a word with our technical team. They will be able to gather more details for you and solve it permanently. You can either call them on 0-927-22-33-000 or submit a ticket by visiting this link – https://www.quickheal.co.in/submitticket.

Regards.

manish bharatia
manish bharatia
5 years ago

How would I know that its been already updated on my device???

Rahul Thadani
5 years ago

Hi Manish,

If you go to Google Play and update the latest version of WhatsApp, then it will be applicable for your device. There is no way for end users to see whether this feature has been implemented as the feature is purely a back end one.

Regards.

Munawar
Munawar
5 years ago

This is an excellent achievement,
congratulations.

There is an issue circulating in our
newspapers, a virus spyware in the
form of a Blank Contact attachment
with a female name and pic.
I.T. professional advice not to download
such contacts for a while and disable automatic
downloading preference while on wifi.
They claim these spyware will be able to virtually
able to control our mobile and exploit our
personal data.

You have successfully Invented the Textsecure feature.
Please also try finding a solution from these spyware too.

Thanks.

Rahul Thadani
5 years ago
Reply to  Munawar

Hi Munawar,

Thanks for sharing these details and your experience and for warning our fellow readers. We have shared your feedback with the concerned team and they are looking into this matter.

Best regards.

Babasaheb Samudra
Babasaheb Samudra
5 years ago

Thanks

santosh raj
santosh raj
5 years ago

Good & thangs

Bharat Badrakia
Bharat Badrakia
5 years ago

Very good news.

Lopamudra
Lopamudra
5 years ago

This really awesome!! Good job

nihit
nihit
5 years ago

thanks to whatsaap…

TAPAS KUMAR NAYAK
TAPAS KUMAR NAYAK
5 years ago

thanxxxx quickheal security s very powerful

Tushar Dhar
Tushar Dhar
5 years ago

Hi,
It is a great news.
I fear about the virus may be implant in encrypted form and damage.Is it possible.

Rahul Thadani
5 years ago
Reply to  Tushar Dhar

Hi Tushar,

This is possible but it is very difficult to achieve. For this, a hacker will have to intensively target WhatsApp over a long period of time.

Regards.

ambe
ambe
5 years ago

thanks for the update

Philip
Philip
5 years ago

This is a good development. Thank you for this.

Shreyoshi Mukherjee
Shreyoshi Mukherjee
5 years ago

Good job guyz!(y) thanks a lot.. 🙂

pkm
pkm
5 years ago

indians don`t use whats app.go for hike its an indian app

Sharon Hill
Sharon Hill
5 years ago

I would like to know if we r safe of people hacking into cameras so far i put tape on my tablet phone

Rahul Thadani
5 years ago
Reply to  Sharon Hill

Hi Sharon,

There is a chance that hackers can access the camera of a device. However, if you follow all the right safety precautions with regards to smartphones and tablets, then you need not worry about this threat. If you feel there are a lot of threats that you cannot keep up with, we suggest that you do not use such devices for some time.

Best regards.

Mohammad Asad Tyagi
Mohammad Asad Tyagi
5 years ago

Best

Om Prakash Tholiya
Om Prakash Tholiya
5 years ago

Best

Dilip
Dilip
5 years ago

Thanks sir…..

M.A.GHEDIA
M.A.GHEDIA
5 years ago

Very good.Thanks for information.

koteswara Rao Gajula
koteswara Rao Gajula
5 years ago

What about Terrorist activities and communications through this App.I just came to know about Encryption. Indian Government should take appropriate action to maintain Internal and external security measures and if Necessary Ban this App in India.

Priyaranjankumar
Priyaranjankumar
5 years ago

Very Nice

dharmendra
dharmendra
5 years ago

it’s safe

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