Still not using iMessage? Well, I’m sorry to tell you that after the security measures that Apple has incorporated, you have no excuse left to leave WhatsApp and switch to the native messaging app on the iPhone.
Apple continues to lead the way by rolling out a new feature to its native messaging platform, iMessage: the “Contact Code Verification.» Below we explain what it is and why it is important.
Contact Key Verification: A New Level of Security
This feature has been designed with a clear focus on protecting user privacy and identity verification, employing advanced cryptography methods and what is known as “Key Transparency»
Its main function is to allow users to verify the identity of the people they are communicating with. This may seem like something that goes unnoticed, but it becomes very important in a world where online security is a constant concern.
The vulnerability that iMessage faces is in the key directory services. These services act as intermediaries that map user identifiers to public keys. However, if these services are compromised, they become a critical single point of failure. Contact Key Verification seeks to solve this problem by providing a more secure way to verify the identities of the people with whom we communicate.
When users enable Contact Code Verification, your devices automatically perform a cryptographic verification of the data presented. If inconsistencies are detected, users are notified immediately. Additionally, users’ devices periodically perform checks to ensure that consistency is maintained across all of their devices. This ensures that, even if we use multiple devices, the security of our communications remains good.
The constant threat to privacy
In an increasingly connected world, privacy is under constant threat and that is why the applications that we are going to use to communicate must provide security and privacy. Hacks, data breaches, and information gathering by third parties are things that happen more often than we wanted. The private conversations we have through messaging apps often contain sensitive and personal information, from personal data to financial details. Failure to protect these communications may expose users to significant risks. Therefore, this improvement in iMessage is great news for all Apple users. There are no more excuses for not using the native messaging App.
Contact Password Verification in iMessage is based on the advanced cryptography, a method that secures communications by converting messages into a code unreadable by anyone without the proper key. This level of security ensures that only the sender and recipient of a message can access its contents. Cryptography is one of the best defenses against unauthorized data theft, which is why it is an essential component to protect privacy in messaging applications.