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


You can't edit messages or forward files in this mode, only emoticons, files, and audio messages are available to send.

The Private Conversations feature is available now in preview for Skype Insiders. However, the end-to-end goes a step further than this by encrypting stored messages as well.

It is important to note that no chat content from these conversations will be displayed in the chat list, or with other notifications - in order to keep any shared information private.

Security is a big concern for many users and while most typically think of that as meaning you protect your PC from malware, there are also easy ways to protect your conversations as well.

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We're looking to you, Skype Insiders, to tell us if this new feature works as expected before enabling it for everyone. It's worth mentioning that if you're planning to test this feature, you will only be able to start private chats with other individuals who have the same Insider build. Its development is headed by dreadlocked computer security guru Moxie Marlinspike at Whisper Systems, and the code is endorsed by the likes of Edward Snowden and Bruce Schneier.

Once upon a time, Skype's distributed peer-to-peer communications was considered pretty good for privacy. WhatsApp, Viber, and Facebook Messenger all let you choose between encrypted and non-encrypted messaging threads, providing the best of both worlds. You will be taken to a new chat with them. A new invitation must be sent and accepted, to change to another device. Microsoft does hand over some people's details and chat logs where "legally required and technically feasible", Mark Gillett, the company's chief operating officer said at the time.

Whether Microsoft's latest move to Signal will really help is in question, given the software goliath's past tactics ad cooperation with Uncle Sam.