Contents of Post
- 1 WhatsApp encrypting:Here are things you need to know
- 1.1 The App
- 1.2 It happens automatically
- 1.3 It’s not just messages
- 1.4 No Storage
- 1.5 Every message has a lock
- 1.6 Double-check
- 1.7 Why did they do it
- 1.8 The move has been criticised
WhatsApp encrypting:Here are things you need to know
The end-to-end encryption is
available when you and the people you message are using the latest versions of
the app. That means you BOTH need to have updated the app.
It happens automatically
You won’t need to turn on any
settings or set up ‘secret chats’. So long as you’ve completed the above, this
should all happen automatically.
It’s not just messages
It won’t only secure your
messages. Videos, photos even calls and group chats sent over Whatsapp will get
the end-to-end encyrption to ensure third parties can’t listen in.
To add to the privacy level,
WhatsApp has said it won’t store your messages on its servers once they are
delivered. Because of end-to-end encryption WhatsApp and third parties can’t
read them anyway.
Every message has a lock
Your messages are secured with
their very own unique lock and key. But what does this mean? Basically that
only you and the person you’re sending the message to have the special key
needed to unlock the message and read it.
You may have already seen this
message pop up:
This is because WhatsApp lets you check whether the calls you make and messages
you send are indeed end-to-end encrypted. Simply look for the indicator in
contact info or group info.
Why did they do it
So the question begs, why did Whatsapp go down this route? The
Facebook-owned mobile application with one billion users worldwide made the
announcement following weeks of intense debate over efforts by US authorities
to compel Apple to help break into an encrypted iPhone.
The move has been criticised
Not everyone is happy with Whatsapp encryption. It has unleashed criticism
in law enforcement circles claiming this creates “warrant-proof”
spaces for criminals and others. US Congress is expected to consider
legislation which would require technology firms to retain “keys”
that could retrieve data in a criminal investigation, with a court order.
Similar measures are under consideration in Britain and France.
But others welcomed it
able to access your messages. If you lose your phone, WhatsApp doesn’t store
your messages on their servers.
free from prying eyes. This means that while no-one can see your messages, you
should still be aware that malicious third party apps that can record audio and
screen shots can lift your data from your phone.
setting which allows you to receive notifications when a contact’s security
code has changed, but it’s turned off by default.
new phone or new number, but for a number, you have to ensure that it’s changed
on your old phone.
of your messages will be directed to your Google Drive account over Wi-Fi by
default. You can also manually backup your data.
and but be aware that the emailed chat is saved in plain text, making it
vulnerable to criminals.
images and video will still show up in your phone’s galleries. You can hide
them on some phones by using the show/hide albums button. You can also use a
File Explorer and create a .nomedia file in the WhatsApp images folder on your
phone to hide them.
messages from the sender on their journey to the recipient, largely to
discourage the interception and reading of those messages by other parties.
years to coded written message sending, but now, modern forms of communication
can be encrypted automatically with complex coding.
we now send and receive an awful lot more data between devices. All this data,
be it voice calls, text messages or mobile data, is managed by whichever
service provider whose service you are using. Whether or not this data is
encrypted varies depending on the policy of the company providing the service.
messages are handled by your mobile operator. This operator also provides your
3G or 4G connection to the Internet on your smartphone, but they don’t encrypt
all the services you use.
If you tend to message via WhatsApp
rather than text message, your mobile operator is not responsible for encrypting
that WhatsApp data – it merely provides you with your connection to the wider
Internet, the connection that allows apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook and
Twitter to send messages all over the world.