WhatsApp – It doesn’t required any introduction, Everyone is familiar with it & using it to stay connected with peoples around you. In Recent Years, Users of WhatsApp has crossed milestones of milestones & questions on WhatsApp security has been raised too.
WhatsApp has introduced their ‘End to End Encryption’ few days back for all its services worldwide. Now a simple question would arise in our minds that what the fuck is WhatsApp End to End Encryption ? It means our messages before it were not secured?
What is WhatsApp End to End Encryption ?
When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands (Not even WhatsApp would be able to access it).
WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. Your messages are secured with a lock, and only the recipient and you have the special key needed to unlock and read your message. For added protection, every message you send has a unique lock and key. All of this happens automatically: no need to turn on settings or set up special secret chats to secure your messages.
End-to-end encryption is available when you and the people you message are on the latest versions of WhatsApp.
Important: End-to-end encryption is always activated, provided all parties are using the latest version of WhatsApp. There is no way to turn off end-to-end encryption.
Messages were not secured before WhatsApp End to End Encryption ?
Yes it was, Before your messages directly goes to WhatsApp servers & gets saved to their database. Also if someone copied your WhatsApp folder from your device, he/she can easily access your chat with some simple tools available on the internet. All these Security issues has now brought to an end. This guarantee of user privacy creates new concerns for the government.
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What is the “Verify security code” screen in my contact info/group info ?
This verification process is optional and is used only to confirm that the messages you send are end-to-end encrypted or not.
This code can be found in the contact info/group info screen, both as a QR code and a 60-digit number. These codes are unique to each chat and can be compared between people in each chat to verify that the messages you send to the chat are end-to-end encrypted. Security codes are just visible versions of the special key shared between you – and don’t worry, it’s not the actual key itself, that’s always kept secret.
To Verify that a chat is End to End Encrypted ?
- Open the chat.
- Tap on the name of the contact or group to open the contact info/group info screen.
- Tap Encryption to view the QR code and 60-digit number.
If you and your contact are physically next to each other, one of you can scan the other’s QR code or visually compare the 60-digit number. If you scan the QR code, and the code is indeed the same, a green checkmark will appear. Since they match, you can be sure no one is intercepting your messages or calls.
If the codes do not match, it’s likely you’re scanning the code of a different contact, or a different phone number.