Skype Gets End-to-End Encryption Through Signal Partnership

Skype Gets End-to-End Encryption Through Signal Partnership

Skype Gets End-to-End Encryption Through Signal Partnership

To try the new "Private Conversation" option, you and your recipient both need to run Skype version 8.13.76.8.

Despite its 300 million monthly active users and its large "prosumer" base, Skype remains one of the few modern messaging apps that doesn't encrypt your communications. The new feature, announced via a blog post, is called Private Conversations, and is available for Skype Insiders now.Skype was already using 256-bit AES encryption, as reported by Mary Jo Foley on our sister site ZDNet. The feature, called Private Conversations, will allow Skype users to have an "additional layer of security" for conversations...

Tap or click the + icon. Encrypted conversations are locked to the device they are started on.

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You can drop us a line or two if you have had the opportunity of using the new end-to-end encryption launched by Microsoft.

An invitation will be sent to your contact asking to accept your invitation.

To end a Private Conversation, go to the chat header, scroll down and select End Private Conversation.

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Through the collaboration, Microsoft is introducing a private conversations feature in Skype, which is powered by the Signal protocol. Up next, we'd like to improve the UX around the invite to join a private conversation and bring the experience to the UWP client.

You will only be able to start private chats with other Skype Insiders running the latest version of the app during the preview.

Redmond has been a laggard in locking down Skype as a truly end-to-end encrypted comms system - end-to-end meaning only the people talking to each other can decrypt the chatter, leaving Microsoft and whoever may be eavesdropping on the connections in the dark. Microsoft adds that "these interactions are limited to one-to-one conversations". Editing of messages is prohibited and forwarding of files is also disabled.

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