WhatsApp Shields Finally Talks of Its Users, Although There Were Already Other Options on Android

With the whole world concerned still about the famous double blue check of WhatsApp confirming sent messages read, the truth is that IM giant kept another much bigger surprise in the manga.

WhatsApp for Android includes the end encryption to talks, what it means to close one of the most important security holes of the King of messaging, which until now had taken the security and privacy almost as a joke.

The option is already available in the application for Android WhatsApp, and although we do not know if it will come to iOS and other platforms coming soon, It is itself a huge jump of safety for WhatsApp Many thank.

New functionality has been developed in collaboration with Open Whisper Systems -who has announced its implementation in service – using open source. The firm is well known for creating applications as TextSecure, and its credibility in terms of security is very good, especially after having published the application code and have resisted this several public audits.

Open Whisper Systems has already announced that it will keep the development of their own applications, but expected to continue to grow thanks to integrations like this, which have worked more than six months for the huge number of users of WhatsApp TextSecure protocols.

“End-to-end” encryption to ensure confidentiality

The solution adopted by WhatsApp and Open Whisper Systems is nothing new, but yes is different ciphers used by Gmail, Facebook Chat, and other networks that WhatsApp will not be never able to decipher messages sent by its users.

Here is where lies the best encryption “end-to-end” – point-to-point-, and its operation is based on the sharing of keys between users, that only those users have access to encrypt and decrypt the messages exchanged.

Thus, WhatsApp will not be able to ever access a conversation, even if it is required by law, because it will not have the keys exchanged by users.

Solutions of this type existed in the market

WhatsApp is the biggest platform on the market that will use the encrypted “end-to-end” with huge difference, but it is not the first to use it, because in the market, there were at least other three applications with this feature: Cyptocat, Silent Text, the own Open TextSecure Whisper Systems and the well-known nemesis of WhatsApp, Telegram.

CRYPTOCAT

Cryptocat is a simple free application that enables chat individual or group, send files and even synchronize your calendar with Facebook Messenger. All this with coded point ready to ensure privacy and confidentiality.

The bad thing is that it is not available on Android, as confined to Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, OS X and iPhone, without that at the moment we know plans to Google’s mobile operating system.

SILENT TEXT

Available in Play Store also for free, Silent Text allows beds and group chats with total control for users, which as well as encryption of their conversations also gain the ability to delete messages at both ends.

Silent Text

  • Version of Android: from 4.0
  • Developer: Silent Circle
  • Download it in: Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Communication

TEXTSECURE PRIVATE MESSENGER

TextSecure is the application of Open Whisper Systems which we spoke of before, and also has individual and group chats encrypted from the side of the user. It is a simple application of Open Source code audited several times, and which seeks the speed of communication, the privacy and security above other dressings.

TextSecure is an option free of charge and available in Play Store, which ensures that the server will never read or sent messages and metadata of the talks, all this with the source code available so that we can check it if you want.

TextSecure Private Messenger

  • Version of Android: Since 2.3
  • Developer: Open Whisper Systems
  • Download it in: Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Communication

TELEGRAM

The best-known solution, the nemesis of WhatsApp and the application that has the merit of making react to the giant, because until his arrival WhatsApp guys not had raised the security as something to take into account nor details as the vaunted confirmation of reading that Telegram implemented since its inception.

We will not expand much because we’ve talked long and laying of this open-source service, it is also cross-platform, free, and that the use is virtually identical to WhatsApp, with certain improvements that the King of the messaging has been polishing.

Telegram

  • Version of Android: Since 2.2
  • Developer: Telegram LLC
  • Download it in: Google Play
  • Price: Free
  • Category: Communication