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WhatsApp has enabled end-to-end encryption across all versions of its messaging and voice calling software, according to a Tuesday announcement on the company’s website.

Given that WhatsApp is already in use by over 1 billion people worldwide, as users upgrade to the latest version, it will become the most widely used end-to-end crypto tool.

“We live in a world where more of our data is digitized than ever before,” Jan Koum, a WhatsApp co-founder, wrote in a company blog post on Tuesday. “Every day we see stories about sensitive records being improperly accessed or stolen. And if nothing is done, more of people’s digital information and communication will be vulnerable to attack in the years to come. Fortunately, end-to-end encryption protects us from these vulnerabilities.”

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WhatsApp is now most widely used end-to-end crypto tool on the planet