End-to-end encryption has been enabled on Google Messages Which is really great. Today, messaging has become quite common in smartphones and to all internet users that people usually take for granted that their chats might be viewed by someone else.
Unlike the Face-to-face or right telephone conversations, the chances of third parties, especially unauthorized actors, snooping right in on private dialogue are a lot higher in Internet-based messaging services. In other to stop those private intrusions, Google has decided that they would finally be flipping the switch for E2EE, short for the end-to-end encryption, that is on messages platform. as long as you meet some certain requirements.
Benefits of End-to-end Google Messages
Messages E2EE has always been right in the beta testing since November, and today’s announcement would bring it almost to everybody. The benefits of the encrypted messages are pretty much known to all at the moment, and in a nutshell, it basically means that no one, not even Google, would be able to gain access to your conversations. Unfortunately, messages’ E2EE implementation requires a certain set of elements to be present in the order of work.
End-to-end Google Messages Requirements
The basic requirement is simply that E2EE would only work if the two participants are making use of RCS, which means that they need to be in possession of an active internet connection. Given the way the SMS and MMS is, E2EE can’t be applied to the nearly archaic protocols. The feature also only applies to one-on-one conversations and not available for group chats.
That internet connection is very critical and E2EE messages would send if either party lost connection. Messages would hold right until the connection has been established, but users also get to opt just to send the message as plain, unsecured SMS or MMS. Users also manually verify that their messages are indeed encrypted in the conversation’s details.
E2EE on Web
E2EE also happens to be available for messages on the web, no RCS needed. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Google isn’t allowing users to disable the feature for RCS chats, making it the company’s most hard privacy stances.