Skype starts testing new ‘private conversations’ with end-to-end encryption

Microsoft is testing a new feature for Skype: end-to-end encrypted chat conversations, secured using the industry standard Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems.

The company announced the experimental feature named “Private Conversations” in a blog post today. It’ll be available to anyone running the beta Skype Insider build (version on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS, although users will only be able to start private chats with other individuals with the same Insider build. The encryption will cover chat, files, and audio messages, but not audio or video calls.

Skype does already offer some degree of encryption that protects the communication channel itself. But end-to-end encryption is more secure. It means the...

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via The Verge - Tech Posts ""


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