End-to-end encryption now reaches Skype

12-01-2018 My Mobile

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End-to-end encryption now reaches Skype

For all secret chats, Microsoft has a way! The company’s video-calling platform Skype now has end-to-end encryption for chats in collaboration with Signal, much like WhatsApp and Facebook.

However, the end-to-end encryption is not a default setting, but an option in the form of separate chats known as Private Conversations. The users can start a Private Conversation by tapping the ‘+’ icon, followed by the selection of New Private Chat and the selection of the desired contact. The selected contact will get an invitation to a private conversation with end-to-end encryption, valid for seven days. In case the user fails to accept the invitation within seven days, a new invitation is required to be sent.

Signal, in its blog post said, “At Signal, our goal is to make private communication simple and ubiquitous. With hundreds of millions of active users, Skype is one of the most popular applications in the world, and we’re excited that Private Conversations in Skype will allow more users to take advantage of Signal Protocol’s strong encryption properties for secure communication.

Private Conversation comes with lock icon for which a message preview is not available. Additionally, the messages don’t come with an edit option.

The end-to-end encryption is now available in preview for Skype Insiders.

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