“An important milestone for the WhatsApp community. Now all your conversations and calls are encrypted to keep you and your information safe when you use the latest version.” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement on Wednesday.
According to a blog post by Jan Koum, CEO and co-founder of Whatsapp “The idea is simple. When you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. No cybercriminals. No hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us.”
Encryption is one of the most important tools. Governments, companies, and individuals have to promote safety and security in the new digital age. Recently there has been a lot of discussion about encrypted services and the work of law enforcement, Koum added.
“We’ve been working for the past two years to give people better security over their conversations on WhatsApp. I’m proud of our team for hitting this milestone,” he said.
How to use WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption
All you need to do is grab the latest version of WhatsApp. If you don’t see the “lock” sign within your chat window, check the whatsapp version installed on your device. Encryption is not optional. Every conversation is encrypted by default. Users can’t turn off the encryption function. You also have the option of verifying if encryption is working on your device or not.