Microsoft Adds End-to-end Encryption to Skype Calls and Chats
Microsoft has finally announced that Skype will provide end-to-end encryption through private conversations. The company has tied up with Signal to release this feature for Skype insiders only. The feature will start rolling out to Android and iOS users once the preview period for the insiders ends.
Skype’s end-to-end encrypted protocol is similar to what WhatsApp and Facebook are already offering to its users. Skype private conversations will support audio calls, text, and file transfers, with end-to-end encryption. But, the video calls and group chats will remain unencrypted.
People can start a private conversation by tapping on the “+” icon followed by New Private Conversation. To have a private conversation, a person has to send an invite to the contact.
Once the invitation is sent it has to be accepted within seven days or it will expire. Additionally, a person has to resend the invitation to the contact if he/she wants to move over to another device.
Skype is said to use an open-source signal protocol to implement the encryption. It is set up so that only the gadgets sending and receiving communications in a conversation can hear or view the message. Not even the servers they pass through can see the encrypted messages.
Furthermore, the company also notifies that if a person has been using Facebook credentials to log-in Skype account then he/she will need to update it too as that mode of connection has been shut down.
Last year in October, Microsoft announced that Skype has hit one billion download mark for Android on Google Play Store.