In a highly significant move, WhatsApp has announced its support for end-to-end encryption. The security feature has been rolled out immediately, and is enabled for all users of the mobile messaging service.
WhatsApp certainly is not the only messaging app to offer end-to-end encryption – there are a number of platforms that have been developed specifically to offer high levels of privacy. The most popular of these private messaging apps is Telegram, which recently announced that is had surpassed the 100 million active user mark.
The significance of WhatsApp offering end-to-end encryption is the size of the app’s user base. With over 1 billion active users, the service is one of the largest communication platforms in the world.
Now anyone communicating via WhatsApp will be doing so with a substantial layer of privacy protection offered by default.