LINE messenger is the latest messaging and calling app to jump on the bandwagon of strong encryptions for users.
The Japanese-based application now implements end to end encryption to its messaging and calling services, something that is expected to add even more nightmares in the lives of top government officials that have been pushing for loose encryption protocols to be used by these messaging platforms. This issue has been taking place a lot in the recent days, with the UK government being the biggest proponent of the implementation of less tight encryption protocols that allow government agencies to monitor the conversations of users.
LINE now on level terms with WhatsApp and iMessage
The new feature in LINE will now let the more than 600 million people who use this messaging app to exchange encrypted messages with their devices, be it smartphones or desktops. This brings LINE on level terms with Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage, which use end to end encryption protocols that even the companies themselves, cannot break into and access the messages users are exchanging. This is regardless of whether it’s at the company’s, users or even a legal agent’s discretion.
LINE Letter Sealing feature available on Android by default
LINE has baptized its latest encryption feature Letter Sealing and according to the company, the feature will be availed to those using the app on Android smartphones by default. However, if you use the messaging app on a different platform, you will have to enable it manually.
It is not just the UK alone that has been having government issues related to encryption of messages. In the U.S., Apple and Google were forced to write to the Obama administration urging the government to support encryption and again, the Cupertino-based company was compelled to reject a court order by the Justice Department where the federal government was after two suspected drug dealers, and they wanted to read their chats.
LINE has a massive user base, but its popularity is vast in East and Southeast Asia. However, recent days have seen the company start to enjoy substantial penetration to Chile, India and Spain, with the latter case being spurred by the use of stickers that feature some of the top footballing names in the country like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The app is free to download, install and use for life, but some features must be paid for to make the most out of them.