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Skype To Get End-To-End Encryption

Skype To Get End-To-End Encryption

Skype's end-to-end encryption will use the industry standard Signal Protocol from Open Whisper Systems.

There are of course also several purpose-built messaging apps with end-to-end encryption on the market already including Signal, Telegram, and Wickr.

Private conversations is a new feature beating rolled out through Microsoft's Insider program. They can only send emoticons, files, and audio messages from the chat window. Private Conversations with end-to-end encryption is available only to Skype Insider testers using Skype 8.13.76.8 for iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows Desktop. Once the contact accepts your invite, the Private Conversation will be available to you only on that specific device. Restarting a Private Conversation with the same contact will recover the previous messages. Skype sends the user an invite that's valid for seven days, and once accepted the Private Conversation starts like any other Skype call or message.

While a host of consumer chat and calling products utilize end-to-end encryption, Skype using the technology could make it a better option for Microsoft shops operating in highly-regulated markets.

Select the contact you'd like to start the Private Conversation with.

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On Thursday, Microsoft announced that it was adding end-to-end encryption to Skype conversations. You can only participate in a private conversation from a single device at a time. It only works with one-to-one chats at this stage - so video calls and group chats remain unencrypted. Apple iMessages are also end-to-end encrypted.

There's no word as to when Microsoft expects to roll out end-to-end encryption to all Skype users.

This means that you will have to enter into the "Private Conversations" mode with whomever you want to have an encrypted conversation with. WhatsApp users have complete encryption and don't have to enter any special feature or "Private Conversation" to get that added layer of security.

Once upon a time, Skype's distributed peer-to-peer communications was considered pretty good for privacy.


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