Completely everything on WhatsApp is now encrypted end-to-end irrespective of the operating system you are using. The implication of this now is that even the engineers handling WhatsApp can’t even read your messages neither can they generally have a view of videos sent by its users. And they can’t even provide any data from your chat even if a courts orders them to.
“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,” going by the explanatory details published WhatsApp’s website.
The user base of WhatsApp now runs into over a billion users therefore enthroning it firmly as the world’s most famous chat app. This end-to-end encryption move was not entirely a bolt from the blue, WhatsApp has been gradually pushing it on board as some hundreds of millions were already having a little taste of this encryption on Android since November 2014; only that the encryption wasn’t covering every message like photos, group chats and videos. Moreover there was no encryption for other systems like Windows Phone or Apple’s iOS.
“Now every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you sends , is end-to-end encrypted by default if you and the people you message use the latest version of our app. Even your group chats and voice calls are encrypted,” WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum explained via means of a Facebook post on Tuesday.
Some signs informing the users that encryption has taken centre stage. There is now the appearance at the top of every new chat a text bubble which confirms that calls as much as calls are currently covered with end-to-end encryption. As a user, you can now also make verifications manually as to the encryption of a chat by making comparison of a 60-unit string of codes which is generated for each and every chat. Another way to know is via making a scan of very distinct QR code.