WhatsApp gets end to end encryption

As of today, the integration is fully complete. Users running the most recent versions of WhatsApp on any platform now get full end to end encryption for every message they send and every WhatsApp call they make when communicating with each other. This includes all the benefits of the Signal Protocol — a modern, open source, forward secure, strong encryption protocol for asynchronous messaging systems, designed to make end-to-end encrypted messaging as seamless as possible.

Moxie Marlinspike, Open Whisper Systems

End-to-end encryption just became the default and standard means of communication for over a billion people around the world. That’s a really, really big deal. And a huge win for the tech industry.