In a major win for privacy around the world, popular messaging app Viber has added new encryption to make it harder for hakcers to access your messages.
Viber announced it will add end-to-end encryption in its new Viber 6.0 release, and will be available on Android, iOS, PC, and Mac versions. No news yet when it will be available for Windows Mobile.
The news comes shortly after a controversial move in America, where the FBI asked Apple to unlock an iPhone—and introduce a backdoor to let it access any iPhone at any time. Apple refused, and after a public backlash the FBI backed down on its request, later saying they hacked into the phone by themselves.
Viber said the new encryption protocol will be made available globally in the next few weeks, with Brazil, Belarus, Israel, and Thailand being the first countries to get the encryption starting today.
If you want to know if your chats are secure, you will see a lock icon on the right side of the screen, according to the company. Grey locks mean the conversation is entirely encrypted.
Additionally, a green lock allows you to authenticate additional users before a conversation while also making it possible to see if all users are verified. A red lock will show when the other user does not re-authnticate encryption on his or her end.
This option allows users to know when the chat is being fully encrypted—on both your end and your chat partner’s end.
Additionally, Viber will make it possible to hide chats as well as offering enhanced deleting, which removes conversations permanently.