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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @07:57PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @07:57PM (#621521)

    maybe it means that it was the end of the encryption from point to point and the only thing left is that we still use it so they say marketing things?

    i agree with everything you said. my mom doesn't care though. and i am a bad kid for not talking to her with it because I have something wrong if I am afraid of that.

    i feel like will smith sometimes

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @09:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, @09:36PM (#621572)

    i feel like will smith sometimes

    You made your son into a weirdo.