Friday, 14 December, 2018

Microsoft finally adding end-to-end encryption to Skype - ish

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Frank Williams | 12 January, 2018, 06:24

In collaboration with Signal, Microsoft is introducing a Private Conversations feature in Skype, powered by Signal Protocol.

In order to further protect privacy, Private Conversations will not be shown in Chats or in any form of notification.

Select the contact you'd like to start the Private Conversation with. Assuming this is true since both partners are regarding it as a new "Private Conversations" feature instead of giving complete blanket coverage. The comms biz was part of the NSA's PRISM surveillance network, which punted emails, chat logs, VoIP traffic, files transfers, and other private stuff at the American intelligence agency - and Microsoft was a founding member of PRISM back in 2007. A new invitation must be sent and accepted, to change to another device. If they do not accept before then, the invite will expire, and you will need to send another one.

A Private Conversation will have a lock icon next to your contact's name. Thus, Skype's implementation is similar to what Facebook Messenger uses, which has dedicated Secret Conversations you can set up for this objective. Microsoft adds that "these interactions are limited to one-to-one conversations".

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This means that Skype users may see a complete roll out of end-to-end encryption in the coming days if all goes well. Editing of messages is prohibited and forwarding of files is also disabled. This is an additional layer of security for conversations and is only available for one-on-one chats.

For now, Private Conversations can only occur between two Skype Insiders (one-on-one) who are running the latest version of the application.

Bear in mind that only a single device can be used with each conversation, the post said.

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