WhatsApp launches new security screen in the desktop app

WhatsApp has released an update to the desktop app that features a revamped security page. Beta version 2.2217.2 informs the user which features are protected by end-to-end encryption: text and voice messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, location and status updates.

There is nothing new in terms of the feature, so the change is just to enlighten people as to the cryptographic technology adopted by the tool. WhatsApp users on Android and iOS are used to dealing with the security system, but this is less common on the desktop – although there is no difference between the protocols adopted.

The security screen shows everything that is protected by end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp (Image: Playback/WABetaInfo)

Just below the warning, there is an option to authorize sending security notifications to the user. When enabled, the person will receive a message whenever a contact’s code changes. Anyone accessing the account from multiple devices will need to check the box on each device to receive.

New Zap security screen

In April, the app released an update for beta testers on the iPhone that changes the security page to a model similar to today’s. This means that the platform must implement the new format for all versions, so that people can use the program with more peace of mind.

It is not yet clear when this change will definitively arrive for the stable version of WhatsApp. The screen is part of the developers’ strategy to reinforce end-to-end encryption as one of the biggest differentiators of the messenger, accused of being less secure than rivals Telegram and Signal.

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