Whatsapp End-to-End Encryption, NIA and FG Plans
The news that made the rounds some days ago was that the National Assembly approved a 4.87 billion Naira budget for the National Intelligence Agency to monitor and track calls, text messages including WhatsApp conversations on mobile devices. ‘
Alright, let’s talk about the WhatsApp aspect.
Facebook owned WhatsApp was built to help users keep in touch with family and friends. Even companies nowadays have virtual meetings on WhatsApp using video conferencing and group chats.
Can you remember the many things you’ve shared in the past? Private photos and videos, secrets, voice messages and documents that only you and the recipient should see?
Imagine that after 1 or 2 years, you suddenly realized someone has been eavesdropping on your conversations?
This is however not possible with WhatsApp as it maintains an an end-to-end encryption built into it which prevents eavesdropping.
For the avoidance of doubt, encryption is the process of converting information ( messages, documents, videos, voice notes (VN), into a coded form in order to prevent unauthorized access to your data which sometimes are sensitive.
WhatsApp policy does not support the breach and violation of user privacy, otherwise affected users will opt for other messaging apps to the loss of WhatsApp.
Whether you use WhatsApp for private or business purpose ( WhatsApp Business), when you send messages to another user, the end-to-end encryption ensures that it is only you and the person you are having a conversation with that can read, watch or listen to what you sent.
Do not believe the lies that your WhatsApp messages can be read by a third party, not even WhatsApp, the owner of the messaging app can read your messages.
How is this so? For the sake of reiteration, this is simply because your messages are locked and only you the sender and the receiver of the message have the ‘special key’ to unlock and read the information sent.
Do not worry about checking your settings or setting up secret chats to keep your data private as all these are automatically deployed by WhatsApp.
The only thing I would advise is that you should regularly update your WhatsApp app via Play store for Android or App store for iPhone so as to keep your security beefed up.
On a final note, rest assured that you are in control of your space.
Be reminded that If you do not want to receive unsolicited messages from any person or business whatsoever, you can always block them or outrightly delete them from your contacts list.
Your security and privacy is your right, do not worry , you can actually speak freely to your family, friends and colleagues without being scared that a third party is listening since you have now read that end-to-end messages are secured by encryption such that your data is stored only on your device and not even on WhatsApp servers.
What you should know in case you did not know!
Both of you ( that is, you the sender and the the recipient as the receiver) will need to be running the latest versions of WhatsApp in order to use the encryption feature that was introduced by WhatsApp in April 2016.
All the best ‘geek’! You can read more here on Whatsapp Encryption