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Skype Insider Preview // Private Conversations

Skype's version is called Private Conversations, and these aren't supported for groups. Starting today, Skype is testing out a new feature called Private Conversations that delivers end-to-end encryption to your chats. You can't edit messages or forward files in this mode, only emoticons, files, and audio messages are available to send.

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. Each private conversation's content will be hidden in both the chat list and from notifications for better privacy.

Microsoft has not revealed when the feature will be implemented in the main Skype client, but it's safe to assume that it'll be at least a few weeks/months before all the kinks are ironed out.

Skype has been the holdout when it comes to encrypting messages with all the other big players including end-to-end encryption either by default or as an option.

The feature, known as Private Conversations, is available to iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, and the Win32-based Windows desktop app in beta form.

Once your contact has accepted your invitation, you may now start your Private Conversation.

There are of course also several purpose-built messaging apps with end-to-end encryption on the market already including Signal, Telegram, and Wickr. You can not pick up a Private Conversation from a different device; you will have to repeat the process from the very beginning.

Whisper's Signal app was originally considered to be one of the more reliable apps to communicate privately between two devices, receiving full marks on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's first scorecard for secure messaging apps. A lock icon will appear next to a contact's name to show that a conversation is encrypted. WhatsApp users have complete encryption and don't have to enter any special feature or "Private Conversation" to get that added layer of security. Take note that the feature is device-specific.