WhatsApp will soon “signal” when your calls, status are end-to-end encrypted

End-to-end encryption protects communications so that only the sender and receiver can see the messages.

WhatsApp users will soon find visual indications as evidence of end-to-end encryption of their calls and status. Indications were spotted on the app’s call and status screen on the iOS version of WhatsApp. Users will be notified that their calls are encrypted while an on-screen message confirms this.

The WABetaInfo WhatsApp feature tracker monitored these metrics on the iOS version of WhatsApp. Users will not be able to see it at the moment because it is still working. A screenshot shared by a WhatsApp feature tracker shows the message being read as “Your personal calls are end-to-end encrypted” on the Calls screen, below the call list. Similarly, the status screen displays the words “Your status is end-to-end encrypted”

End-to-end encryption protects communications so that only the sender and receiver can see the messages. Signal, known for its secure messaging standard, and WhatsApp share the same encryption technology. Signal enabled end-to-end encryption at all times for all chats for its 1 billion user base in 2016. Unlike Signal, WhatsApp shares some user information with its Meta user base. The parent company, as with business accounts.

From now on, WhatsApp notifies users that their conversations are protected with end-to-end encryption when they start a new conversation. New signs that even calls and status are end-to-end encrypted will be coming soon in beta and other stable versions of the app.

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