Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Skype is testing new 'private conversations' with end-to-end encryption

Skype displaying a Private Conversation acceptance screen Skype Private Conversations end-to-end encryption arrives for Insiders
Doris Mccormick | 12 January, 2018, 06:26

Skype Private Conversations give you enhanced security through end-to-end encryption with an additional layer of security for conversations between you and your friends and family.

Several popular services have added encrypted messaging for their products, such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, while other apps like Threema specialize in it. Skype, despite its popularity, has been slow to offer its users this option.

"With Private Conversations, you can have end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls and send text messages or files like images, audio, or videos, using the industry standard Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems", said Microsoft program manager Ellen Kilbourne on Thursday. The feature is not supported in group chats.

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. The invite will expire after 7 days. You can do that by right-clicking on the conversation and selecting Delete chat.

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In a blog post, the company announced the experimental feature named "Private Conversations".

A Private Conversation will have a lock icon next to your contact's name, and preview messages will not show up in Chats or notifications.

Microsoft says it plans to work on improving the user experience around invitations to join private conversations, and to bring this to the Universal Windows Platform Skype client. Now these conversations are limited to two people at a time. This means users have maximum security when texting, sharing files and making voice or video calls.

During the preview, you will only be able to start private conversations with other Skype Insiders also running the latest version, and these interactions are limited to one-to-one conversations.

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