Okay so we all know how important WhatsApp is in our daily lives. WhatsApp has billions of users worldwide and is now like the most important app on the phone. Recently, the online messaging platform was acquired by tech giant Facebook.
More than a billion people write to each other on Whatsapp, make calls and swap videos and photos through their mobile and even through web nowadays.
The Founder of Whatsapp Brian Acton with a serious coder came up with an end-to-end encryption for it’s users.
What does this mean?
End-to-end encryption means full security of our data. This means that even Whatsapp employees will also not be able to access the data being transferred from phone user to another.
The idea is simple: when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private – sort of like a face-to-face conversation.
This will surely make the Tech world a safer place to live in with complete privacy and security of your data. So, if any Whatsapp user has updated it’s application, may it be Android or iPhone or any other device supporting the application, the encryption is activated.
Apple has done the same before but Whatsapp took it on to a larger level as it’s users are much more than the former.
What makes the encryption service great is that it was built by just 15 engineers and now the company is this strong. The WhatsApp team comprised of just 50 employees. These 50 employees have together built a product which can face more than a Billion users without much issues!
The WhatsApp Strategy:
Whatsapp was initiated in those countries as a messaging platform where SMS charges were pretty high. This led to high downloads. In many places, local wireless carriers have signed deals with WhatsApp to offer the service directly to their customers, undermining their own texting services but driving more people to use the wider Internet through their wireless networks—and thus driving more revenue.
Quick Fact: WhatsApp was just around 50 employees strong when it got acquired by Facebook at an amount of $19 Billion!