Skype was also recently updated to mitigate an exploitable vulnerability in Electron, a Chromium framework for desktop apps.Microsoft's next scheduled security-related updates isn't until February 13's Patch Tuesday.
Microsoft announced the launch of a “Private Conversations” feature today, initially available as a preview via the Skype Insider program.
It has not yet given a firm date for a wider rollout.
Messaging platform Telegram also offers an e2e encrypted ‘secret chats‘ feature on an otherwise not e2e encrypted comms platform, and is routinely attacked for taking this partial position, for example.
(Though it is also critiqued for using its own proprietary crypto, rather than adopting a respected standard.) On the other hand — and given how mainstream a comms platform Skype is — then even partial e2e encryption could be seen as a bit of a step forward, perhaps most especially because Skype is adopting the Signal Protocol for its crypto addition.
You can switch the conversation to any of your devices, but the messages you send and receive will be tied to the device you’re using at the time.
Discussing the collaboration on its blog, Signal adds: “Our goal is to make private communication simple and ubiquitous.
The feature supports e2e encryption for Skype audio calls, and for sending messages and media (such as files).
It writes: With Private Conversations, you can have end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls and send text messages or files like images, audio, or videos, using the industry standard Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems.
I've always used Skype as a professional tool, to video chat with teammates and external folks for work. Tech Crunch's @sarahintampa makes note of the Snapchat-like stories.
A bunch of Skype users are unhappy that they're been unable to sign into the Vo IP service for several days. The Redmond giant would not say when it expects to resolve the problem, though.
The content of these conversations will be hidden in the chat list as well as in notifications to keep the information you share private.