WhatsApp Indicators for End-to-End Encryption on Calls, Status Spotted to Be in the Works


WhatsApp is working on two new visual indicators to inform users about the end-to-end encryption used in different parts of the messaging app. The features were seen on the call and status screen of the app on the iOS version of WhatsApp. On the calling screen, users are notified that their personal calls are protected with end-to-end encryption, while on the status screen, a message indicates that the user’s status is end-to-end encrypted.

new visual indicators on WhatsApp Were spotty The tracker features WABetaInfo on the iOS version of WhatsApp. It is being told that work is going on on this feature, which means that users will not be able to see it at the moment. Screenshots of the new indicators show the words “Your personal calls are end-to-end encrypted” on the call screen, under the call list. Similarly, the status screen shows the words “Your status is end-to-end encrypted” in the screenshot shared by WABetaInfo.

New WhatsApp end-to-end encryption indicators that are currently under development
photo credit: WABetaInfo

WhatsApp uses the same encryption protocol that is used Signal, which is widely considered the gold standard in secure mobile messaging apps today. The company rolled out end-to-end encryption for all chats for its one billion user base in 2016. End-to-end encryption is designed to protect communications so that only the sender and recipient can see the subject. However, unlike Signal, metadata (or information about your messages) is not protected by end-to-end encryption and is shared with parent company Meta.

It is worth mentioning that WhatsApp has already released Chain Of advertisements About the planned end-to-end encryption for messages and attachments on the app on TV and on social media, as well as one time viewing, WhatsApp also informs users that their chats are protected by end-to-end encryption when starting a new conversation. The new indicators appear to be designed to inform users that status and calls are also protected by the same technology and should be rolled out to beta and stable versions of the app in the future.

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As a writer on technology with Gadgets 360, David Delima has an interest in open-source technology, cyber security, consumer privacy, and loves to read and write about how the Internet works. David can be contacted via email at [email protected], as well as on Twitter at @DxDavey.

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