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How to enable WhatsApp end-to-end encryption and what it means?

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WhatsApp, in its latest update, has just launched its encryption service for added privacy. In the wake of the FBI vs Apple case, this seems like a bold move from Facebook which has introduced added privacy for its users.

In a straight forward response to the increasing demand for privacy, this one feature will make the chats of more than 1 billion users much more secure.

Encryption is basically the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorised parties can read it. In this case, the only authorised parties would be you and the person or group you’ve sent the message to. 

The ‘end-to-end’ encryption basically ensures that no one other than you or your partner can read your messages even if the data is leaked. This means that even the workers at WhatsApp will never be able to decode your messages once they are encrypted.

So how do you get this feature? It’s simple. Every WhatsApp app is getting this feature via an update. In order to get this, Android users need to update their WhatsApp using the Play Store and the iOS users would need to update it using the App Store.

Once updated, you will get a message in your chat which informs you that your messages have been encrypted. In case you want to verify it, all you have to do is open a chat and click on the contact’s name. Scroll down to ‘Encryption’ and click on it. There, you will see a QR code which can be scanned by your contact to verify if the chats are encrypted.

With this latest feature, we can ensure that all your personal chats will stay personal even if there is a leak in the WhatsApp database (but it won’t keep your messages safe from prying eyes). In order to have encryption, both, you and your contact need to have an updated WhatsApp. 

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