Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People

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Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People

Make sure you have updated to the latest version of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is an online messaging service now owned by tech giant Facebook, that has grown into one of the world’s most important applications. More than a billion people trade messages, make phone calls, send photos, and swap videos using the service.

This means that if any group of people uses the latest version of WhatsApp—whether that group spans two people or ten—the service will encrypt all messages, phone calls, photos, and videos moving among them. And that’s true on any phone that runs the app, from iPhone's to Android phones to Windows phones to old school Nokia flip phones. With end-to-end encryption in place, not even WhatsApp’s employees can read the data that’s sent across its network.

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