Skype has announced it is testing a new feature that will make the popular video calling platform much more secure.
The firm has its new ‘Private Conversations’ feature will use end to end encryption to help secure any messages sent on the platform.
The extra level of security will be applied to both text and audio messages, as well as to any files sent via Skype.
Using end to end encryption means that your chats can not be accessed by unauthorized parties, with only you and the person you are sending it to able to see what is being sent.
If anyone else tried to intercept or look access the content they would see a garbled undecipherable mess of letters and numbers.
Currently Skype does use some encryption on messages and calls, but not end to end encryption, which is more secure.
Skype moving toward adding end to end encryption has been made possible by its parent company Microsoft partnering with the encrypted messaging app Signal. Its open source Singal Protocol is used by Facebook and WhatsApp to encrypt message.
Last week Signal developer Joshua Lund wrote a blog post about why the two companies are working together.
“At Signal, our goal is to make private communication simple and ubiquitous. With hundreds of millions of active users, Skype is one of the most popular applications in the world, and we’re excited that Private Conversations in Skype will allow more users to take advantage of Signal Protocol’s strong encryption properties for secure communication,” Mr Lund said.
Skype’s Private Conversations feature is currently being tested by members of its Insider program. We’ll update you when the feature is available to all users.