With every passing day, security has becoming a topic of concern as the government and app owners have different opinions on users’ privacy. Before the government probes in, Facebook has decided to make WhatsApp more secure for users. With the next WhatsApp update, “end-to-end encryption” will automatically be applicable.
All you need to do to be a part of this messaging app’s “end-to-end encryption” is just download the next WhatsApp update. This new update will encrypt every message of yours. This includes photos, messages, videos, calls, voicemails, and files. As there were reports in between that terrorists have been using messaging services to communicate with each other, protecting the information users share via the app has become necessary. This can have its own advantages and disadvantages, though.
In a Facebook post, Jan Koum, WhatsApp CEO, about WhatsApp Update and end-to-end encryption wrote, “People deserve security. It makes it possible for us to connect with our loved ones. It gives us the confidence to speak our minds. It allows us to communicate sensitive information with colleagues, friends, and others. We’re glad to do our part in keeping people’s information out of the hands of hackers and cyber-criminals.” With the government not happy with companies working on tightening security on apps, devices, and other sites, the people running these apps and sites think otherwise. Brian Acton, the co-founder of the messaging app in a blog post has said that “Recently there has been a lot of discussion about encrypted services and the work of law enforcement. While we recognize the important work of law enforcement in keeping people safe, efforts to weaken encryption risk exposing people’s information to abuse from cybercriminals, hackers, and rogue states.”
In short, in the midst of all the debate of tightening security and enhanced privacy, with WhatsApp update, Facebook has taken necessary steps before the companies and government reaches to a conclusion.