WhatsApp will add encrypted video calling to their list of privacy checks, following end-to-end encryption for messages and calls earlier in 2016.
What is encryption?
Encryption means that messages, calls, video, etc. are mixed up and scrambled so that hackers or other people do not intercept the communication between sender and recipient.
Why the need to encrypt communication?
There’s a mammoth amount of data sent between people and devices on a daily basis. We live in a time where basically everything is done online and on mobile – and where basically everything can be intercepted by unwanted parties.
With this digital era that we live in, the need for privacy have become increasingly important.
What role then does your service provider play in encryption?
The mobile service provider that you use are not at all responsible for the security and privacy of the message or calls you send via WhatsApp. They simply give you access to the network by which you can in turn access WhatsApp. It’s not their responsibility to encrypt messages sent via messenger apps.
WhatsApp have heard the people’s cry
Google launched a video-calling app called Duo a few months ago that provides end-to-end encryption. Following this, WhatsApp has been under some pressure to up their security game.
The messenger app now makes sure that every message, call, video, or whatever form of communication that is sent, is being encrypted by them. This means only the sender and the receiver are able to view the message, picture, video or call. Not even the government, law enforcement, hackers, or even WhatsApp themselves can access your communication!
WhatsApp’s aim is to be the most secure messenger app on the market and to allow you, as the user, to be at peace about your privacy and communication when using their platform.