For years, WhatsApp has been at the end of jibes about privacy issues in the instant messaging space. has added end-to-end encryption to every form of communication on its service. There have been criticisms about how the service handles user privacy. Today, WhatsApp has flipped the switch by turning on end-to-end encryption for all activities and communications carried out on the service.
What WhatsApp has done is to secure every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, even group chats, end-to-end by default.
In plain English: when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even workers at WhatsApp.
Who would have thought? This is great news. You need the latest version of the app to enjoy this though. I am guessing that that excludes BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 OS, Windows Phone 7 OS and Symbian OS, all of which WhatsApp had announced they would no longer be developing for. Encryption is turned on by default once you have the latest version of the app, so you need do nothing other than update.
Worth celebrating; yeah!?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.