End-to-End Encryption Comes to Skype Through Signal Partnership

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft is testing a new "Private Conversations" feature in Skype, which is being introduced through a partnership with Signal.

    Skype is using the Signal Protocol for the feature, allowing users to take advantage of strong end-to-end encryption for more secure communications.


    Private Conversations are available for one-on-one conversations on Skype, with users able to initiate a private conversation by tapping on the "+" icon and then selecting "New Private Conversation." Once a conversation is initiated, it will be available only on the specific device where it was started.

    Microsoft says Private Conversations offer several unique features:

    [*]A Private Conversation will have a lock icon next to your contact's name.
    [*]Preview messages from Private Conversations will not show in Chats or notifications.
    [*]Private Conversation capabilities are limited. You cannot edit a message or forward a file. From the chat window, only emoticons, files and audio messages are available to send.
    [*]Private Conversations are specific to a device. A new invitation must be sent and accepted, to change to another device.

    Private Conversations are available today in a preview capacity for Skype Insiders, Microsoft's beta testing program for Skype.

    Article Link: End-to-End Encryption Comes to Skype Through Signal Partnership
  2. Jakewilk macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2014
  3. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    I think just Skype for Business offered it previously.

    It it a bit strange that Microsoft is using someone else to make it happen. Seems they should be able to do it themselves. Though I suppose this route is easier and in this day and age if something goes wrong or a loophole is found, they can just blame it on someone else and lessen the bad press for themselves.
  4. fairuz, Jan 11, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2018

    fairuz macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    I've said this a million times before and will say it again: This isn't secure end-to-end if you aren't managing your public keys. I'm frustrated with how many companies claim they have end-to-end encryption when users are blindly trusting the public keys given to them by the one entity they're trying to avoid trusting.
  5. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Microsoft did secret surveillance deals with NSA, et al., years ago. Who would trust a company that sells hundreds of millions of dollars of products to governments to protect their secrets. It’s like trusting Facebook or google not to spy. The incentives are wrong.
  6. expiredyogurt macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2016
    not america
    this is a microsoft owned company and they now only implement e2e?
    you trust microsoft to honour e2e? look at win10 and say they did it for your best interest
  7. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Even stranger I thought Skype had end to end encryption prior to the Microsoft acquisition and MS nixed it.
  8. mrzz Suspended

    Mar 25, 2017
    They don't want to do it properly to continue sniffing on majority of traffic. Why the hell you need to initiate any special "channel" to be able to use it? Everything should be encrypted, but they simply don't want to do that.
  9. NomadicTy macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2007
    My iOS skype keeps bothering me to turn on Cortana. Yeah, right...
  10. asheswalls macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2018
    hmm... agree with fairoz.
    but i have used number of apps to prove the fact but i must tell you that enkryptonite is really a revolutionary app and you must use this.
    It is a revolutionary method to encrypt communication between mobile devices. It enables encrypted text messages to be sent between users without risking the leak of confidential or private communications.
    This is available for iOS and Android devices.

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