Skype already has encryption for voice, file transfers and instant messaging but not end-to-end encryption. But that's set to change.
The company announced the experimental feature named "Private Conversations" in a blog post today. It only works with one-to-one chats at this stage - so video calls and group chats remain unencrypted.
In order to further protect privacy, Private Conversations will not be shown in Chats or in any form of notification.
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Private Conversations will encrypt Skype audio calls and text messages. Crucially, it is only, for now, going out in a limited release to Skype Insider testers.
The select the contact to start a Private Conversation.
I thought I should also let you know that that the end-to-end encryption doesn't extend to video chats. Thus, Skype's implementation is similar to what Facebook Messenger uses, which has dedicated Secret Conversations you can set up for this objective.
For now, Private Conversations can only occur between two Skype Insiders (one-on-one) who are running the latest version of the application. After the recipient accepts your invite, all calls and messages in that conversation will be encrypted end-to-end until you choose to end it. "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".
Skype had the potential to be what WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are now. Assuming this is true since both partners are regarding it as a new "Private Conversations" feature instead of giving complete blanket coverage. What would happen if you forget to enter "Private Conversations"?