Viber Follows Whatsapp, Switches To End-To-End Encryption

After Whatsapp, now Viber has enhanced user’s safety with end-to-end encryption.

“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,” said Viber COO, Michael Shmilov said in a blogpost.

Japan’s Rakuten-owned Viber will be rolling the update globally in next two weeks to all its users and will notify them.

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Users will also have an individual cryptography key associated with the device. Users can manually authenticate contacts to select they are “trusted” which will change the lock color to green, and if it turns into a red lock it means there is a problem with the authentication key.

“The breach may simply mean that a user has changed his or her primary phone; however, it can also indicate a man-in-the-middle-attack. To solve a possible breach state, the participant needs to be re-trusted,” the blogpost added.

Viber now also allows its users to hide chats and delete messages.

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