The latest fake news in WhatsApp is about a third blue tick that will appear on the chat platform confirming that a government representative has read the conversation. Fortunately, the news making rounds on the Internet is fake. Users of this widely used messaging app need not worry since WhatsApp assures that the messages sent and received by the app users are end-to-end encrypted. This prevents the third party from reading the private chats.
The messaging platform that has revolutionized the way text messages are conveyed has over 1.5 billion monthly active users globally. Another fake news being on the rounds states that certain media outlets have figured out a way to spot the third blue tick. To put an end to the fake news atrocity, WhatsApp has begun to label messages that are ‘forwarded’on its platform.
In an announcement last week, WhatsApp has planned to test a new feature in India, wherein the message forwards sent at once will be limited to just five chats in India.
According to the FAQ page on WhatsApp,”Your messages are secured with locks, and only the recipient and you have the special keys needed to unlock and read your messages. For added protection, every message you send has a unique lock and key. All of this happens automatically: No need to turn on settings or set up special secret chats to secure your messages.”
Following are the steps to ensure that the chat is end-to-end encrypted:
Step 1 – Open the chat with any contact.
Step 2 – Tap on the name of the contact so that the contact info screen opens.
Step 3 – Tap Encryption to view the QR code and 60-digit number.
Step 4 – Scan the other person’s QR code if both of you are physically nearby. You can also visually compare the 60-digit number.
Step 5 – If you can scan the QR code, and the code is indeed the same, a green check mark will appear.
Step 6 – If the QR code matches, then the messages or calls are encrypted and cannot be intercepted by anyone.
Under the end-to-end encryption, the app states, “Privacy and security is in our DNA, which is why we have end-to-end encryption. When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, status updates, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands.”