Why WhatsApp’s End-to-End Encryption Is a Big Deal

Here is an interesting article for anyone concerned with privacy of text messaging. Dann Albright writes:

“WhatsApp, one of the most popular alternatives to text-messaging in the world, recently announced that they would be enabling end-to-end encryption in their service (this follows their previous announcement that they’d be partnering with Open Whisper Systems to improve the security of the app).

“The timing of this announcement is especially notable, as the battle between Apple and the FBI over passwords and encryption is still ongoing. But what does this mean for you? Here’s what you need to know about WhatsApp encryption.”

Albright also points out, “Some countries, generally the more repressive ones, have already banned the use of encryption, and the status of encrypted messaging apps in others is under question.” The reference to “others” obviously refers to the repressive governments of Great Britain and of the United States of America.

Dann Albright’s full article may be found at: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/whatsapp-turning-end-end-encryption.

 

 

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