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2023 Author: Donald Evans | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 05:03
Some time ago we knew that WhatsApp had decided to encrypt all messages, but it seems that this only represents one of its improvements. We now know that WhatsApp will increase its security on Android with improvements to encryption, which seem to be aimed at verifying the members of a conversation.
The truth is that this novelty had already been leaked for iOS, since WhatsApp needed help with translations. Well now the same thing happens with Android, but we know more details about what the company has in mind.
It seems that his idea is that we are sure that we are talking to the person we want, that the encryption is correct and that identities cannot be impersonated. For example, here we can see how the functionality is going to be implemented little by little:
In addition, WhatsApp makes it clear to us that nobody can access our messages and read them, so it adds a text string that explains it:
Help QR Codes
QR codes (also known as bidi) are pictures with black and white boxes that contain information. Well, WhatsApp could use them to confirm that the encryption is correct. Here is an example:
We can also compare a number to confirm that the system is working, although it is a more complicated alternative:
On the other hand, this image demonstrates that end-to-end encryption depends on the phone number we are using:
So WhatsApp will increase its security on Android with improved encryption, but we don't know when these features will be rolled out. For now they have not reached the test versions of WhatsApp, so it is better to be calm.
Of course, WhatsApp works to improve our security, but other applications like Telegram don't neglect the issue either. In the end, we can only wish that our privacy be respected as much as possible.
What do you think of the WhatsApp encryption improvements for Android? Do you find them useful, or do you still doubt the good intentions of the app?