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Microsoft Partners Signal to Give Skype End-to-End Encryption

Microsoft Partners Signal to Give Skype End-to-End Encryption

This feature will also be limited to one-to-one conversations.

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.

Private Conversations will encrypt Skype audio calls and text messages. What this means is that Skype's end-to-end encryption is not a complete one; but kudos to Microsoft for adding it in the first place.

Skype's Private Conversations feature is based on the open-source Signal Protocol and offers several unique features, including device-specific threads and more.

"We know extra protection is important as you share sensitive information over Skype so we're excited to announce the preview of end-to-end encrypted Private Conversations, available now for Skype Insiders".

Skype already has encryption for voice, file transfers and instant messaging but not end-to-end encryption. If your contact failed to accept the invite by then, it will expire, and you will have to send another invite to initiate a Private Conversation. You can not pick up a Private Conversation from a different device; you will have to repeat the process from the very beginning. Also, in this category are Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and Telegram.

Separately, there was a flap earlier this week about hackers and spies being able to slip into Signal-protected WhatsApp group chats by compromising WhatsApp servers. You'll see a "lock" icon next to the conversation.

The feature will initiate encrypted private chats only with other users on the Insider build, according to a report by The Verge.

Deleting a Skype Private Conversation chat window works the same as any other regular chat; right click on desktop/ tap and hold on mobile will display the Delete Chat option.

Once upon a time, Skype's distributed peer-to-peer communications was considered pretty good for privacy. Encrypted conversations are locked to the device they are started on.

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