The one single most powerful benefit of BlackBerry Messaging (BBM) was its end to end encryption. It was always easy to use, fast and reliable, but security and privacy gave it an unique edge. That was the case until WhatsApp was introduced as a multi-platform option for non Blackberry users. Most users; however, are not aware of the security that an app offers or lacks; but the ones who care look no further than ones that do offer end-to-end encryption.
Coronavirus helped the tech world become even more reliable than it already was. A virtual meeting is now a daily part of most people’s lives. Kids in school turned Zoom into a verb in some cases, and the almost unheard-of business grew to take over Facebook, Skype, and Google. Zoom stepped up its game even more: End-to-end encryption for meetings is now available in technical preview.
Zoom states: “Account owners and admins can enable end to end encryption for meetings, providing additional protection when needed.” Their CEO also added this is “another stride toward making Zoom the most secure communications platform in the world.” As of 2020, Google Meet does not provide end-end encryption. Why does this matter? End-to-end encryption is a process of secure communication that prevents third-parties from obtaining or snooping personal data while it’s shared from one device to another across the internet.
Simply; encrypting your meeting on one device such that only the device to which it is sent can decrypt it. As the internet gets even more reliable than ever, we rely more and more on its integrity, and companies that recognize and attend to privacy would ultimately supersede and gain public confidence.