WhatsApp Content Now Fully Encrypted

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Updated: April 5, 2016

Thousands of people in Belize are aware of WhatsApp messenger – an app frequently used with a data connection to send texts, photos and/or videos.  The messages can be sent between two persons or a group of contacts.  Rarely ever pondered, however, is just how secure our communication on this application is, particularly from hackers and government agencies.  With the full installation of what is called an end to end encryption today, users began receiving a message on their WhatsApp today, saying, quote, “messages you send to this chat and calls are now secured with end to end encryption.”  End of quote.  According to the WhatsApp blog site, 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. Not cyber criminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private – sort of like a face-to-face conversation.  In addition, the protection of the messages on WhatsApp proves true to any phone either Android or IPhone to Windows phones and the old Nokia flip phones.  According to an online article, not even WhatsApp’s employees can read the data that’s sent across its network. In other words, WhatsApp has no way of complying with a court order demanding access to the content of any message, phone call, photo, or video traveling through its service.  The installation of this encryption on WhatsApp comes on the heels of a fight taking place in the United States between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as Apple had refused to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter.  WhatsApp users are currently reported to be at more than one billion active users on a monthly basis.