Microsoft’s Skype was one of the most popular video calling app a few years ago, though it is still very popular but is facing a tough competition from its competitor. But professionals usually prefer skype and the company is looking forward to making their conversation secured.
Microsoft is currently testing a new private conversation feature for skype with end-to-end encryption using the industry standard Signal protocol by Open Whisper Systems. Microsoft has announced this new feature via a blog post and is calling it as ” Private Conversations”. The encryption will cover chat, files, and audio messages but audio and video calls are not encrypted.
It is available for anyone running the Skype Insider Beta build with build number 184.108.40.206 on Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS. You can only have a private conversation with the person who is also having the same Insider beta build of Skype. End-to-End encryption means that the data can only be read by the sender and the recipient and the chat data is not available on the Microsoft’s server.
Though Microsoft is using some degree of encryption already with Skype, having end-to-end encryption takes security and privacy to the next level. But nothing is full-proof secured in the online world so the data can still be accessed but it is a lot more secure than the normal security level.
Skype’s biggest competitors, Facebook-owned apps including Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp already offer end-to-end encryption. Even Apple’s iMessage is encrypted. So if you are a Skype Insider you can try the private conversations and let’s see how Skype will be implementing this. Stay tuned to Sid Tech for more tech updates.