After WhatsApp, Viber Adds End-to-End Encryption

April 25, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

WhatsApp recently made the bold move of encrypting all its messages on an end-to-end basis amidst all the controversies that prevailed over user security. It now appears that the Facebook-owned company has just kicked-off a series of similar moves from its counterparts.

Toeing the WhatsApp line is another major messenger platform in smartphones, Viber. The messaging app, which started off as the user-favourite among free call apps, has today announced that it is introducing end-to-end encryption to all messages and calls in the platform.


Similar to the stratagem laid by WhatsApp, Viber’s encryption will apply both for individual chats and group messages, which can include communication between up to 200 people in a single group.

The encryption will be enforced on all the Viber-supported platforms that include Android, iOS, PCs and Mac desktops. Users will have to get the Viber app updated to the latest version 6.0 to receive end-to-end encryption. A re-authentication of the app by means of QR code will also have to be carried out to trigger the new security features in the app.

Besides, the company is also introducing new secure conversation measures to the platform, as a part of which the messaging app will now feature the option of hiding messages from a chat. This will be introduced along with the prevailing option of deleting individual messages from the chat log.

The update is available currently across four nations; Brazil, Belarus, Israel and Thailand. But Viber confirms that it will be rolled out globally across all the available regions in the coming weeks.

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