What The ‘Encryption’ WhatsApp Message Means

If you woke up this morning to find a strange yellow message in your WhatsApp inbox, we wouldn’t blame you for pulling an inquisitive face or simply saying ‘um, WHAT?’ out loud. Yup, even if you were alone.

ICYMI, the message said, ‘Messages you send in this chat and calls are now secured with end-to-end encryption. Tap for more info.’


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To be honest, we had no idea what ‘end-to-end encryption’ meant either. We’re not Buzz Lightyear.

But. The tech wizards over at WhatsApp sure DO know what’s up (see what we tried to do there?), and they’ve explained it ALL on their blog.

They said, ‘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.’

Not even WhatsApp can read your messages, guys. 

Basically, they want to make sure that our private messages stay that way, ‘sort of like a face-to-face conversation.’

Good to know.