The term 'end-to-end encryption' (E2EE) has entered the common lexical use and is no more restricted to the geeks, thanks to WhatsApp which popularised it and brought it to over a billion users globally. It has become the part of our daily digital life as it is the definitive security mechanism that protects our personal data (messages etc.) such that it can only be read on by the sender, and by the recipient on the other end. No one else, including the hackers or the government, can snoop and read the encrypted data.
How does end-to-end encryption work?
WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption ensures that only you and the person you're communicating with can read what's sent. Nobody in between, not even WhatsApp, can read the messages. The messages are secured with locks, and only the recipient has the special key to unlock and read the messages. WhatsApp uses Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems. The following steps describes the working of E2EE when two people communicate on WhatsApp.
How do I verify that WhatsApp is using end-to-end encryption?
To manually verify the encryption between the sender and the receiver, simply tap on the contacts name on WhatsApp to open the info screen. Now tap on 'Encryption' to view the QR code and 60-digit number. You can scan your contacts' QR code or visually compare the 60-digit number. If you scan the QR code, and if they match, then your chats are encrypted and no one is intercepting your messages or calls.
Edited By: Udit Verma