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posted by Fnord666 on Friday January 12, @04:41PM   Printer-friendly
from the in-band-signaling dept.

Skype finally getting end-to-end encryption

Since its inception, Skype has been notable for its secretive, proprietary algorithm. It's also long had a complicated relationship with encryption: encryption is used by the Skype protocol, but the service has never been clear exactly how that encryption was implemented or exactly which privacy and security features it offers.

That changes today in a big way. The newest Skype preview now supports the Signal protocol: the end-to-end encrypted protocol already used by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Allo, and, of course, Signal. Skype Private Conversations will support text, audio calls, and file transfers, with end-to-end encryption that Microsoft, Signal, and, it's believed, law enforcement agencies cannot eavesdrop on.

Presently, Private Conversations are only available in the Insider builds of Skype.

Also at The Register, The Verge, and Wired.


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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @05:17PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @05:17PM (#621452)

    is a clusterfucked json implementation of the xml definition for jabber.

    And from everyone I've heard who has looked at the source code, they recommend something else.

    Also Matrix only has like 3-5 years of legitimacy while XMPP/Jabber has almost 20 now, despite being fucked over by every big company that has used it, and chose instead to roll it back to a walled garden.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @05:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @05:53PM (#621463)

    and it's coincidentally not secure "yet"...