End-to-end encryption is used by many messaging services these days to help strengthen the security and privacy of messages sent and received.
Apple’s iMessage already has it, and now it appears that Android Messages will as well, with the feature likely to be available this week.
End-to-end encryption for Messages was first introduced in November as a beta, with participants able to test the feature out for themselves, but Google has now decided to make it available to all users.
However, there are some limitations to this tool that you should be aware of before starting to send messages.
To begin with, end-to-end encryption is only accessible for 1-on-1 communications; therefore, if you’re in a group chat, your messages aren’t currently encrypted end-to-end.
Secondly, it will require that both you and the person with whom you’re conversing have the RCS chat features activated; if the other person does not, it will not work.
Your messages will still be delivered, but they will not be encrypted end-to-end.
It’s a feature that we believe has been long overdue, given that it’s now more or less the standard we demand from communications services, but better late than never.