Skype taps Whisper's Signal protocol to test encrypted calls and chats

Skype taps Whisper's Signal protocol to test encrypted calls and chats

To make matters worse there were also reports that Skype had been running an internal team, codenamed Project Chess, that was tasked with making it easier for the Feds to not only collect metadata, but also to listen in on calls and conversations.

Microsoft is testing a new feature for Skype: end-to-end encrypted chat conversations, secured using the industry standard Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems.

Skype had the potential to be what WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are now.

Microsoft has bunged end-to-end encrypted communications into beta versions of Skype using the open-source Signal protocol.

The encrypted communication channel works for both audio and text messages and files as well but not video calls.

If you do start a Private Conversation, the contents of those chats will be hidden from the chat list and notifications will be turned off as well.

Encryption is already offered to some extent on several other messaging platforms, including Signal and WhatsApp, so it's good to see Skype is finally jumping on board. If the Private Conversation was started on one device and the user wants to more it to another device, they will need to resend the invitation to the contact using that other device.

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Microsoft has not revealed when the feature will be implemented in the main Skype client, but it's safe to assume that it'll be at least a few weeks/months before all the kinks are ironed out.

Microsoft also clarified that you can't edit a message or forward files within a Private Conversation.

Microsoft has stated that Private Conversations is a feature that does not support group chat. A lock icon will appear next to a contact's name to show that a conversation is encrypted.

Private Conversations are available in preview for Skype Insiders only.

Private Conversations are specific to a device.

To delete a Private Conversation, simply right click or tap the chat and select Delete. Having to do this every time on Skype would be more of headache than feature.

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