WhatsApp, the world most popular messaging App hits the headlines when they announce the end-to-end message encryption feature in their latest update released last Tuesday 5th April. If you have recently upgraded your WhatsApp you should have seen “Messages you send to this chat and calls are secured with end-to-end encryption” What does this mean? In simple terms, it means nobody – not the police, hackers, FBI, nor WhatsApp or its owner Facebook – can read the conversations between you and your contacts.
Given the sheer user base of WhatsApp, this is a major boost towards privacy security, with over a billion people using WhatsApp around the world, are now secured from snooping. In the Gambian context, WhatsApp is arguably the most used messaging App. What this means is that government law enforcement agencies like the Police and NIA cannot trace any message sent through WhatsApp.
Although it poses a problem for governments around the world as it makes it impossible to get access to suspect’s messages from their telecoms providers. Social Networkers are buzzing with happiness as it assures them more online security. If you want to enjoy this new feature you can go to your App Store or Play Store to upgrade to the latest version of WhatsApp.