Skype introduce its new end-to-end chat encryption feature which is now available for all users
Skype has found its niche in the business market, but its competitors, such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and even Facebook Messenger, have always had the advantage in one key area which is the communication privacy. Skype seem to have understand the system better there by introducing a privacy feature to suit its users. All three of the previously-mentioned services offer end-to-end conversation encryption, making them superior choices for anyone who needs to discuss sensitive matters or share private company information quickly.
To be fair, Skype did begin testing chat encryption back in January, but it was only available to a handful of users. As reported by MSPower user, though, that’s changing today, end-to-end encryption is now available for everybody. For the sake of clarity, the feature does not go into effect automatically. Much like Facebook’s Secret Conversation tool, Skype’s end-to-end encryption will need to be enabled on a per-conversation basis which means its a choice to make at the begining of every conversation. To start a new encrypted chat with one of your Skype contacts, simply select the “New Private Conversation” option when you begin a new chat. Once the contact in question confirms that they want to participate in a private chat, all your communications moving forward will be protected by the encryption feature.
The most Interesting the about the feature is that, it can only be used on a single device at a time. For example, you can’t check the status of your private conversations on your phone while they’re still active on your PC; you’ll need to switch them over manually for more accountability. This feature is a breakthrough for Skype when it comes to privacy. Hopefully it changes somethings for good.