Microsoft Begins Testing End-To-End Encryption in Skype

Skype Private Conversations end-to-end encryption arrives for Insiders

It's based on the Signal Protocol, which powers Skype's new end-to-end encrypted Private Conversations feature.

Private conversations is a new feature beating rolled out through Microsoft's Insider program. Microsoft is testing a new feature for Skype: end-to-end encrypted chat conversations. Private Conversations will now be rolled out only to Skype Insiders on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.

Once the contact accepts the invite, a Skype Private Conversation will become active on the device used to invite the particular contact. You can tell the Skype chat is private by a lock icon next to the contact's name (shown on the right).

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Skype Private Conversations give users enhanced security with end-to-end encryption.

Several popular services have added encrypted messaging for their products, such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, while other apps like Threema specialize in it. Skype, despite its popularity, has been slow to offer its users this option. Signal Protocol powers end-to-end encryption in Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger, as well as Google Allo.

Once your contact has accepted your invitation, you may now start your Private Conversation. "You can switch the conversation to any of your devices, but the messages you send and receive will be tied to the device you're using at the time".

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End-to-end encryption is the need of the hour as security flaws in otherwise secure systems get exposed on a regular basis.

Skype is the latest messaging service to jump onto the end-to-end encryption bandwagon. This is not supported in groups.

This means that you will have to enter into the "Private Conversations" mode with whomever you want to have an encrypted conversation with. Take note that the feature is device-specific.

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Private conversations should roll out to non-Insiders in the coming weeks, though it's not clear yet when it will be available in the Skype UWP app. Having to do this every time on Skype would be more of headache than feature.

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