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Viber launches full end-to-end encryption, hidden chats

London-based Over-The-Top messaging operator, Viber, has launched complete end-to-end encryption across all devices, ITRealms reports.

Viber, a leading messaging apps company with more than 711 million unique users worldwide, said these devices include Android and iPhone, iPad, Android tablets, PC and Mac desktops.

This feature, ITRealms reports, would be available over the coming weeks to all users who have the latest version of Viber.

The chief operating officer, Viber, Mr Michael Shmilov, said the company update strengthens security in every voice or video call, message, video and photo, in both group messages and one-to-one communication.

“As part of this update, Viber also launches ‘Hidden Chats’ allowing users to hide specific chats from the main screen so no-one but the user knows they exist. These chats can only be accessed using a four digit Personal Identification Number (PIN), providing an optional additional layer of privacy to users’ personal communications,” he said.

Shimilov said that they took users’ security and privacy very seriously, hence it’s critical that they feel confident and protected when using Viber, stressing “Because of this, we have spent a long time working on this latest update to ensure that our users have the most sophisticated security available and maximum control over their communications. We will continue to make this an ongoing priority as digital communication evolves.” 


The roll out, ITRealms reports would take effect globally over the coming weeks, just as users will automatically be protected by end-to-end encryption in all communications on their smartphone once they have upgraded to the latest version of Viber - v6.0 or higher. 

ITRealms further reports that subscribers who are also using Viber on an iPad, Android tablet or desktop will be prompted to re-connect it to their phone using a Quick Response (QR) code.

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