Your WhatsApp messages are now more private than ever, thanks to technology touted by none other than Edward Snowden.

Since last week, messages sent by WhatsApp’s Android users have been encrypted end-to-end by default after the messaging giant partnered with Open Whisper Systems, a nonprofit software group. (End-to-end encryption means only the sender and receiver can read them.) The partnership was announced on Tuesday.

The messages are now secured with Open Whisper System’s encryption protocol, the same one used for its own secure app TextSecure. Fro Android, the encryption is now baked in by default, meaning users don’t have to do anything to turn it on. By all accounts, WhatsApp acts and looks just the same.

Android users are the first to get this added layer of security, but the protocol will be rolled out for all users across platforms in the near future, according to Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of Open Whisper Systems…. see more

source: mashable