Smartphone application WhatsApp’s security has been upgraded with a new end-to-end encryption.
What end-to-end encryption does is that it changes one’s message into an electronic information or signals and converts it to a jumbled code composed of a series of letters, numbers and/or symbols to protect it from snooping.
While the news was welcomed by many, for a layman it is hard to understand what this means and what it implies.
With this, any third party who will try to hack the number and/or try to read the message will not be able to do so. Even WhatsApp guys itself will not be able to decrypt it even if they want to.
The move has been taken at a time when privacy and security have become growing concerns for many. People all over the world are worried that their private data, if not secured by such end-to-end encryption, would be easily available for government agencies and hackers to see and misuse.
The feature would soon be launched across all platforms – iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows.