Whatsapp announces end-to-end encryption

New Delhi: Whatsapp just announced the most important security update on its platform ever!

The popular instant messaging service announced that from now on it will offer end-to-end encryption on the latest version of its app.

"From now on when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats," Whatsapp wrote on its blog.

With end-to-end encryption, the only person who can read the message you send is 'the person or group chat that you send that message to'.

The app said that no one including cyber criminals, hackers, oppressive regimes and even the service itself will have access to the sent message at any point of transmission.

"While WhatsApp is among the few communication platforms to build full end-to-end encryption that is on by default for everything you do, we expect that it will ultimately represent the future of personal communication."

"The desire to protect people's private communication is one of the core beliefs we have at WhatsApp," it wrote.

The latest update by Whatsapp follows the strife between tech giant Apple and FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters involved in the mass shooting at San Bernardino.

News24 Bureau