Just last week, several security experts raised concerns over the potential for content monitoring on WhatsApp. This specific fear turned out to be unfounded, but the larger concern behind it—that free consumer tools don’t guarantee your privacy—is becoming increasingly relevant.
Encryption. It’s a word we hear frequently in the media. Encrypted applications should have backdoors, insists one popular publication. No, it should not, insists another. But what is it actually and why is it so important? Below, are some thoughts. Simply put, encryption is the translation of data into a secret code.