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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > WhatsApp Messages Are Now Encrypted by Default

WhatsApp Messages Are Now Encrypted by Default

WhatsApp Messages Are Now Encrypted by Default

Added: Saturday, December 6th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Over 600m WhatsApp users will benefit from its default end-to-end encryption. It is supposed to prevent any snoops spying on private communications. The move comes after WhatsApp contracted Open Whisper Systems, the developer of the TextSecure encrypted text app, with the purpose to incorporate its technology into WhatsApp.

The company says that the new feature is already available in the Android version of the Facebook-owned messaging provider, but the developers promised to work on an iOS alternative, as well as on encrypted messaging for group chat and media messages.

As you know, systems using end-to-end encryption are protected from breach due to the fact that the key, which unscrambles communications, is only stored on users’ mobiles. However, before the introduction of this feature, those keys were also stored by servers along with users’ phones, in order to provide Facebook or WhatsApp administrators access to messages.

Security experts point out that TextSecure encryption protocol is especially strong, because it uses a kind of “forward secrecy”. This means that a new key is being created for every message sent. The only other comparable service deployed on such a massive scale is, of course, Apple’s iMessage. However, the latter features one notable weakness: many people allow the system to back up their messages to Apple’s iCloud service, where protection isn’t as perfect.

In the meantime, Open Whisper Systems will continue to develop its other products, including RedPhone for Android, which will allow encrypted voice communications, and iOS Signal applications, which make protected calls and messaging.

The idea of the security developers is to make encryption the default on all devices. They believe that WhatsApp’s new encryption feature may not tempt some users away from TextSecure and Signal to Facebook, particularly if they are concerned about the metadata from their messages. Metadata is information that does not include the content of the communication, but only the additional info: the time and sides of it.

Although the developers didn’t comment on WhatsApp’s use of metadata, and on the topic of whether TextSecure was more secure as it wouldn’t share such data, they did say that TextSecure would always remain an application that is focused first and foremost on simple-to-use private communication.

Still, the suspicions are that handing such strong encryption to hundreds of millions of users may irk law enforcement bodies. As usual, any moves to protect private communication and prevent government from spying on people makes law enforcement bodies to suggest that encryption efforts will only benefit terrorists and other criminals. In respond, security experts argue that serious criminals have their own encryption instruments, which are just hard to use. Large-scale surveillance hurts only innocent Internet users.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2014-12-06 13:08:48)
H4ckus avatarThanks for the info m8.

posted by (2014-12-06 14:09:47)
jumbo71 avataraint whats app owned by facebook...... who is basically cia nsa .. so dont go trusting that.. just saying.

posted by (2014-12-06 16:17:44)
CrAG avatarWell Worth It....

posted by (2014-12-06 20:52:09)
justmike1973 avatarI think its good that the things innocent Internet users share between eachother gets more protection. Goverments and law enforcement bodies will of course be against it. But lets be honest. People with not so innocent intentions have other ways to chat. If this where the case than I only have one question? Why if social private chat apps are being used by criminals and terrorist, did it take years and years to get that bastard with the long beard . I say even if this looks like more privacy the nsa already has the key to read whatever the f...k they want. Well as long as they dont look at all the nude pics of me I think its ok. lol

posted by (2014-12-07 10:23:40)
kaminey659 avatar@2 agreed with you jumbo!

posted by (2014-12-08 02:57:40)
Solcis avatarNever thought I'd see the day Whisper Systems was contracted by one of the majors. Yes, WhatsApp is Facebook-owned, but if this leads to other companies contracting Whisper to make their services more secure, that's a big win for everyone except the government. All in all a good development. Hopefully it ain't just a fluke.

posted by (2014-12-08 19:44:00)
cggc avatarfist of all by default can't be from GOV and to paid for have it like app in android like default can be hard to believe like open source from facebook can be partner only if it for have more users because to have an android good encryption app to use 'til android devices expire like you know how google it's...of course on most affordable notebooks,tablets and some smartphones.

posted by (2014-12-09 00:05:23)
Darkan9el avatarIs there a draft in here? You don't go locking yourself out unless you have a key to get back in.

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