WhatsApp users can now feel safer to use the Over-the-Top(OTT) service with its Beta release that supports end-to-end encryption across all its services. The app's 2.16.21 beta update that is available via the Google Play now supports 256-bit encryption by default.
"From now on when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats", said Whatsapp in a blog post. The messages sent can only be viewed by the intended recipient, and no one, not even WhatsApp itself.
The WhatsApp Beta version can now be installed directly from the Google Play Store, but users will firstly need to join the WhatsApp Beta Testing program, it said.
WhatsApp just turned on encryption for a billion people