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WhatsApp tightens security amid hacking concerns

WhatsApp tightens security amid hacking concerns

WhatsApp says it has developed improved encryption following mounting concerns over security of data and private communications in some messaging apps.

‘’From now on when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats. WhatsApp said in a blog post.

The idea is of the new technology according to WhatsApp is simply so that when you send a message, “the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to.”


End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private sort of like a face-to-face conversation. Conversations are made so private that even WhatsApp cannot view it and also keep the protected from the reach of cybercriminals, hackers and oppressive regimes, according to makers of the messaging app.

‘’While WhatsApp is among the few communication platforms to build full end-to-end encryption that is on by default for everything you do, we expect that it will ultimately represent the future of personal communication’’, the company says.

WhatsApp says people using the latest version of the app do not have to do anything to encrypt their messages as end-to-end encryption is switched on by default and all the time.

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Writer at Technology Times Media e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng