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End-to-end encryption is a secure communication tool that ensures that your message is securely transmitted between sender and receiver. A 3rd party cannot intercept your message. 

Using E2EE encryption gives you peace of mind when transmitting confidential and personal messages and documents. 

E2EE and Social Media Platforms

Some Social media platforms have started to secure their platforms with End-to-end encryption. Some of the best-known platforms are WhatsApp, used by more than 2 billion users. WhatsApp implemented E2EE in 2016. Another popular social media platform is SnapChat, who introduced E2EE in 2019.   

The end-to-end encryption implementation of WhatsApp prevents cybercriminals, hackers, telecoms, and even governments from accessing the messages you have sent to other WhatsApp users. The information is fully encrypted during transmission, which ensures that no third parties can access it during transmission. Often, this approach is referred to as E2EE. 

End-to-end encryption gained further attention in 2013 when data leaked by former contractor Edward J. Snowden of the National Security Agency revealed the degree to which the N.S.A., and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies, without their knowledge gained access to user communications through companies such as Yahoo, Microsoft, Google and Facebook.

Pros and Cons – Encrypted Social Media Usage

Perhaps the biggest benefit around social media encryption is the peace of mind it gives its 

users; people feel more comfortable using social channels that have a strong encryption strategy. Knowing that your private data isn’t going to be accessed by third parties is a benefitting factor when deciding which social media channel to use.  From a business perspective, adopting an encryption strategy is just as much a revenue generator as it is a security measure; people want to use what makes them feel secure. 

Many are advocating that E2EE should become a standard across communication platforms to secure private communication across all communication channels. However, for governments / law enforcement, the end-to-end encryption will make it harder for them to monitor criminal activity.

How end-to-end encryption works

E2EE works by scrambling messages so that only the sender and the intended recipient can decode them. End-to-end encryption exists at either end of a conversation, as the mark suggests. A message is encrypted on the sender’s computer, sent in an unreadable format to the recipient’s computer, and decoded for the recipient.

There are many ways to do this, but the most common works like this: A program produces two cryptographic keys mathematically on your device: a public key and a private key.

It is possible to share the public key with someone who wants to encrypt a message for you. The private key decrypts messages sent to you, or the hidden key, and never leaves your device. Think of it as a mailbox that is closed. Anyone with a public key can place something in your box and lock it, but only you have a private key to unlock it.

For the encryption method, several cryptographic methods are used and combined. This involves symmetrical and asymmetrical encryption, for instance;

There is only one key in the sense of symmetric encryption that is used at the same time for encryption and decryption. Typically, these procedures are especially reliable since the encryption form is usually higher than for other procedures. The key must, however, be kept secret and can only be transmitted through a secure channel to the recipient. All data can be accessed if the key falls into the possession of a hacker or another unauthorized user. This form of encryption is also well suited for the security of local files on the hard drive or cloud personal data.

There is not only one key in asymmetric encryption, but two in contrast to symmetrical procedures. A private key and a public key consist of this key pair. Initially, the public key is open to all, as is the case when sending an e-mail signature, for example. Furthermore, the public key can only encrypt, but not decode, messages. On the other hand, the private key is only accessible locally via a contact partner.

Fortknoxster uses rsa-2048 encryption, which an asymmetric encryption and what we believe is one of the safest forms of encryption nowadays.

Benefits of end-to-end encryption

End-to-end encryption services offer your data a substantially greater degree of security. Below, we have summarised the most important benefits of E2EE:

  • Credibility: By using electronic signatures, it is possible to verify whether, for example, the information was compromised during transmission by a hacker or whether the receiver is right.
  • Protection against access by the providers themselves: Only the sender and the recipient can view the submitted content. No access to the data is accessible to intermediate stations or service providers. Not only the messages themselves, but even attachments such as notes, pictures and videos or even locations are included.
  • Data protection: Encryption is, in theory, sufficient for protecting personal data. 
  • Defence from monitoring and eavesdropping: Because of the keys given, sent messages cannot be accessed by corporations and government agencies

Another benefit is that end-to-end encrypted communications are unencryptable by someone other than the recipient: the message cannot be modified by anyone. Modern encryption methods function in such a way that the message becomes garbled on decryption if anyone alters the encrypted data, making the issue obvious instantly.

Tools like Fortknoxster which are end to end encrypted offer the safest form of communication between two or more parties.

End-to-end encryption guarantees that, when it is in transit, no one can monitor to the contents of a letter. To read the content of the encrypted letter, it forces spies or hackers to go straight to the sender or receiver. Or they have to break into the sender’s or recipient’s computer directly, something that can be more difficult to do on a scale and makes mass surveillance even harder.

Fortknoxster transfers are end to end encrypted, this encryption happens in the sender client before sending the information, and it can only be decrypted at the end user client, there is no possibility of tampering the information and even if any information is leaked (which is highly unlikely) it will be encrypted and impossible to read.

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