Microsoft Skype End-to-End Encryption Feature: After WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, Skype conversations are now protected with end-to-end encryption.
In October last year, Microsoft stated that Skype for Android has hit one billion download mark on Google Play Store. Now, with over 300 million monthly users, Microsoft has stated that Skype will offer end-to-end encryption through a feature called Private Conversations. Microsoft has published this feature in the preview for Skype Insiders only. It may be a while before this feature is delivered to all users.
Microsoft Skype End-to-End Encryption Feature Conversations
Skype preview’s end-to-end encrypted protocol is similar to what is already handled by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo. Skype Private Communications will support text, audio calls, and file transfers, with end-to-end encryption. However, the video calls and group chats will remain unencrypted.
Microsoft Skype End-to-End Encryption Feature
Skype users can start a Special Conversation by tapping on the “+” icon followed by New Private Conversation. An invite will be sent to the contact that the user wants to have a Private Conversation with.
Once the invitation is sent it needs to be disclosed within 7 days or it will lapse. also, if a Private Conversation was started on one phone and now the user wants it to move over to other devices, they will require resending the invitation to the contact using that other device.
Skype is said to use open-source Signal Protocol to perform the encryption, which is set up so that only the signs sending and supporting discussions in a chat can hear or view the message. Not even the servers they pass through can see the protected or private messages.