At Open Whisper Systems, our goal is to make private communication simple. For the past three years, we’ve been developing a modern, open source, strong encryption protocol for asynchronous messaging systems, designed to make seamless end-to-end encrypted messaging possible.
Today we’re excited to publicly announce a partnership with WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app in the world, to incorporate the TextSecure protocol into their clients and provide end-to-end encryption for their users by default.
Good news for WhatsApp users.
Wow. Whatsapp will suddenly move from one of the worst to one of the best messaging app, privacy-wise. Moxie will certainly advise them on other aspects of their app – the protocol is only half the battle, one needs also to make sure the app does not leak or retain sensitive information (it could be as dumb as the notification manager retaining plain text snippets:
Moreover, they have enough manpower to deploy and maintain clients for phones such as blackberry, S40 and symbian which are in the hands of many users in most third-world countries – which happen to be the ones who most need encryption. Whispersystems could have never done that.
Which makes me realise that blackberry users will have a *truly* secure messaging platform soon 😛