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How to make your WhatsApp even more private and secure


The hugely popular messaging platform WhatsApp made big news in the security community when they announced earlier this month that they were now providing end-to-end encryption for all of their one billion plus members.

This is an incredibly positive development for privacy advocates. The best part about this new feature is that WhatsApp users did not have to do anything in order to take advantage of this new feature. It is rare that security improvements are this easy.

Even though one need not do anything to take advantage of WhatsApp's new end-to-end encryption, there is a way to make your WhatsApp conversations even more secure when chatting with folks you know personally.

The problem is this. When exchanging private communications with someone, you can never be 100% certain that the person on the other end of that communication is who they purport to be.

The "last mile" that ensures that you are communicating with the person whom you think you are communicating with...(continued)

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