Soon you will see a new icon on your WhatsApp. What is it and what does it mean

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WhatsApp is constantly working on bringing new features to its more than 2 billion users around the world, especially when it comes to protecting the security and privacy of your data and conversations. We recently talked about WhatsApp blocking the ability to take screenshots of profile photos, and now the company wants to remind us every time we enter a chat that that conversation is protected.

The instant messaging platform uses end to end encryption for chats, which ensures that Only users who are part of a chat can access its content and read messages. This makes the conversations truly private, and an upcoming update to the app will confirm that no one else can read our chats.

The new WhatsApp icon has a purpose: to confirm that the chat is secure

A new feature has been discovered in the latest development version, or beta, of WhatsApp (version 2.24.6.11). Starting with this version, when entering a chat with a person or a group, a lock icon below the contact (or group) nameaccompanied by a message: “end-to-end encryption.”

This icon informs all participants in the conversation that the chat is completely protected by this type of encryption. However, the icon and the message do not remain there forever, after a few seconds it disappears and is replaced by the indicator of the last time you were online in contact. In WaBetaInfo They have discovered this icon and reveal what it looks like in the application.

Whatsapp Encryption Icon

This is what the WhatsApp icon that warns about end-to-end encryption looks like (Image: WaBetaInfo)

This feature is still in development, but is reaching all beta users, so its final launch would be imminentthus bringing this icon to all users of the messaging platform, both on Android and iOS.

End-to-end encryption is a privacy system that protects the content that in

Whatsapp Encrypted

When this icon reaches all users we can quickly confirm that a chat is encrypted. On the other hand, there is another way to do it that is already available: within a conversation, either with a person or a group, we click on their name and then click on Encryption. Once there, the app will verify that the chat is encryptedsomething we can check manually by comparing a 60-digit number between both devices or by scanning a QR code.

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