It has just been two or three weeks since WhatsApp made end-to-end encryption more noticeable and effectively undeniable to all of its users, and now Viber is catching up in its strides. The app, in which messages appear to have been encoded before – yet not precisely end-to-end, obviously – will now demonstrate padlock in conversations to make sure that your personal and group messages are end-to-end encrypted. All you need to have is a Viber 6.0 version installed for the feature to work and the padlock to show up, which implies that you’ll most likely need to hold up a day or two before everyone’s app updates on Android and iOS.
There is additionally a new feature included to hide chats from the main chat list and to authenticate contacts you’re conversing with.
“Today we’re excited to announce that our users will be able to securely communicate across all of their devices through end-to-end encryption,”
Michael Shmilov, Viber’s COO, wrote in a blog post today.
“We have been working on this for a long time and are proud that our users can confidently use Viber without fear of their messages being intercepted — whether it is in a one-to-one or group message, on a call, on desktop, mobile or tablet.”
Here’re all the new changes in the updated Viber app on the Play Store.
Viber’s new privacy-enhanced version includes:
- Increased security – the padlock icon confirms that all your messages – including groups and cross-platform messages – are end-to-end encrypted
- Hidden Chats – hide away specific chats so nobody knows they even exist
- Contact authentication – a new layer of security allows you to protect yourself further with a simple ‘trust contact’ mechanic