WhatsApp Blog

Pre WhatsApp bolo vždy dôležité čo najlepšie zabezpečiť vaše dáta a komunikáciu. A preto dnes hrdo oznamujeme, že sme dokončili technologický vývoj, ktorý robí z aplikácie WhatsApp lídra v ochrane vašej súkromnej komunikácie: plné šifrovanie počas celého spojenia. Pokiaľ vaše kontakty a vy budete používať najnovšiu verziu aplikácie, každý váš hovor a každá odoslaná správa, fotka, video, súbor či hlasová správa budú odteraz predvoľbou zabezpečené šifrovaním počas celého spojenia, a to aj v skupinových chatoch.

Vysvetlenie je jednoduché: keď pošlete správu, čítať ju môže jedine osoba alebo skupina, ktorej správu posielate. Nikto iný nemôže zhliadnuť obsah správy. Žiadni kybernetickí zločinci, žiadni hackeri, žiadne represívne režimy. Dokonca ani my. Šifrovanie počas celého spojenia pomáha udržať komunikáciu cez WhatsApp v súkromí – takmer ako pri osobnom rozhovore.

Ak máte záujem dozvedieť sa detaily o tom, ako funguje šifrovanie počas celého spojenia, tu sa môžete dočítať viac. Ale najdôležitejšie je vedieť, že správy zašifrované počas celého spojenia môžu čítať iba vami určení príjemcovia. A ak používate najnovšiu verziu aplikácie WhatsApp, pre šifrovanie vašich správ nemusíte spraviť vôbec nič: šifrovanie počas celého spojenia je predvolené a nepretržite zapnuté.

Žijeme vo svete, v ktorom je digitalizovaných viac našich dát ako kedykoľvek predtým. Každý deň sledujeme príbehy o citlivých záznamoch, ktoré boli ukradnuté alebo neoprávnene použité. A ak sa nebude nič riešiť, v budúcich rokoch bude rizikám útokov vystavených ešte viac informácií a komunikácií ľudí. Šifrovanie celého prenosu nás našťastie chráni pre touto zraniteľnosťou.

Šifrovanie je jedným z najdôležitejších nástrojov vlád, firiem a jednotlivcov na podporu ochrany a bezpečnosti v digitálnom veku. V týchto dňoch tu máme veľa diskusií o šifrovaní služieb a práci polície a bezpečnostných zložiek. Aj keď uznávame dôležitosť práce bezpečnostných zložiek pri zaisťovaní bezpečnosti ľudí, snahy o oslabenie šifrovania nesú v sebe riziko vystavenia osobných informácií a ich následného zneužitia kybernetickými zločincami, hackermi a nebezpečnými štátmi.

Aj keď je WhatsApp len jednou z mála komunikačných platforiem s predvoleným zabudovaním šifrovania celého spojenia pre všetky vaše úkony, očakávame, že v konečnom dôsledku reprezentuje budúcnosť osobnej komunikácie.

Snaha ochrániť osobnú komunikáciu ľudí je jedným zo základných presvedčení, ktoré tu, vo WhatsApp, máme. A pre mňa je veľmi osobné. Vyrastal som počas komunistického režimu v ZSSR a skutočnosť, že tam ľudia nemohli slobodne hovoriť, je jedným z dôvodov, prečo sa moja rodina presťahovala do Spojených štátov.

Dnes po celom svete vyše miliarda ľudí využíva aplikáciu WhatsApp na udržanie kontaktu s priateľmi a rodinami. A odteraz môže každý jeden z nich slobodne a bezpečne hovoriť prostredníctvom WhatsApp.

Jan a Brian

Začiatkom tohto týždňa uplynulo presne sedem rokov od začiatku služby WhatsApp. Bola to úžasná cesta a v nadchádzajúcich mesiacoch v nej budeme pokračovať s ešte väčším dôrazom na bezpečnostné funkcie a nové spôsoby udržania kontaktu s ľuďmi, na ktorých vám záleží.

Výročia sú však aj príležitosťou na pohľad späť. Keď sme spustili WhatsApp v roku 2009, používanie mobilných telefónov vyzeralo úplne inak ako dnes. App Store spoločnosti Apple mal len niekoľko mesiacov a viac než 70 percent predaných smartfónov malo operačné systémy firiem BlackBerry a Nokia. Menej než 25 percent mobilných zariadení malo mobilné operačné systémy spoločností Google, Apple a Microsoft, pričom ich podiel na dnešnom trhu je 99,5 percent.

S výhľadom na našich ďalších sedem rokov by sme sa chceli sústrediť na mobilné systémy, ktoré využíva drvivá väčšina ľudí. Preto do konca roka 2016 ukončíme podporu služby WhatsApp Messenger na nasledujúcich mobilných systémoch:

  • BlackBerry OS a BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android verzie 2.1 a 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7
  • iPhone 3GS s iOS verzie 6

Tieto mobilné telefóny boli dôležitou súčasťou nášho príbehu, ale neponúkajú potenciál potrebný pre budúce rozšírenie funkcií aplikácie WhatsApp.

Toto vôbec nebolo ľahké rozhodnutie, ale bolo správne, pretože nám umožní ponúknuť ľuďom lepšie spôsoby komunikácie s priateľmi, rodinou a blízkymi prostredníctvom WhatsApp. Ak používate niektoré zo spomenutých zariadení, odporúčame vám pred koncom roka 2016 upgrade na novší Android, iPhone, alebo Windows Phone, aby ste mohli naďalej používať službu WhatsApp.

AKTUALIZÁCIA: Aplikáciu WhatsApp nebude možné používať na nasledujúcich operačných systémoch:

  • Nokia Symbian S60 po 30. júni 2017
  • BlackBerry OS a BlackBerry 10 po 31. decembri 2017
  • Windows Phone verzie 8.0 a staršej po 31. decembri 2017
  • Nokia S40 po 31. decembri 2018
  • Android verzie 2.3.7 a nižšej po 1. februári 2020

Upozornenie: Pretože pre tieto platformy už nebudeme produkt aktívne vyvíjať, niektoré funkcie môžu prestať fungovať kedykoľvek.

WhatsApp oddnes používa jedna miliarda ľudí.

Takmer každý siedmy človek na Zemi používa mesačne WhatsApp na udržanie kontaktu so svojimi najbližšími, s priateľmi a s rodinou.

Tento míľnik je pre nás veľmi dôležitý a s pokorou sledujeme, akými úžasnýni spôsobmi využívate WhatsApp. Či už je to zasielanie životne dôležitých informácií počas prírodných katastrof alebo zdravotnej pohotovosti, pri hľadaní nových lások, rozvoji podnikania, nákupe snubného prsteňa alebo počas cesty za lepším životom - je nám cťou byť malou súčasťou toho, čo ľudia robia na zlepšenie svojho života a života ľudí okolo seba.

Ani po siedmich rokoch spoločného rozvoja sa však naša misia nemení. WhatsApp začal jednoduchou myšlienkou: zaistiť, aby každý mohol zostať v kontakte so svojou rodinou a priateľmi kdekoľvek na planéte, bez zbytočných nákladov a trikov.

Takže aj keď oslavujeme tento úspech, náš cieľ zostáva rovnaký. Náš tím pracuje každý deň na zlepšení rýchlosti, spoľahlivosti, bezpečnosti a jednoduchosti aplikácie WhatsApp. Sme nadšení z toho, ako ďaleko sme došli. Ale je čas vrátiť sa do práce, pretože zostáva ďalších 6 miliárd ľudí, ktorých je potrebné spojiť cez WhatsApp - a to je ešte dlhá cesta.

Nearly a billion people around the world today rely on WhatsApp to stay in touch with their friends and family. From a new dad in Indonesia sharing photos with his family, to a student in Spain checking in with her friends back home, to a doctor in Brazil keeping in touch with her patients, people rely on WhatsApp to be fast, simple and reliable.

That's why we're happy to announce that WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we've asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we've grown, we've found that this approach hasn't worked well. Many WhatsApp users don't have a debit or credit card number and they worried they'd lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we'll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.

Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today's announcement means we're introducing third-party ads. The answer is no. Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from. That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today – through text messages and phone calls – so we want to test new tools to make this easier to do on WhatsApp, while still giving you an experience without third-party ads and spam.

We hope you enjoy what's coming to WhatsApp, and we look forward to your feedback.

Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser. Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device -- this means all of your messages still live on your phone.

To connect your web browser to your WhatsApp client, simply open https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser. You will see a QR code --- scan the code inside of WhatsApp, and you’re ready to go. You have now paired WhatsApp on your phone with the WhatsApp web client. Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone. Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.

We really hope you find web client useful in your everyday lives.

Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users. In the last few months, we've grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day. We could go on, but for now, it’s more important that we get back to work – because here at WhatsApp, we’re just getting started.

Since announcing our upcoming partnership with Facebook, we’ve been truly humbled by how much attention our story has received. As a company, we’re excited to continue focusing on offering as many people as possible the chance to stay connected with friends and loved ones, no matter who they are or where they live.

Unfortunately, there has also been a lot of inaccurate and careless information circulating about what our future partnership would mean for WhatsApp users’ data and privacy.

I’d like to set the record straight.

Above all else, I want to make sure you understand how deeply I value the principle of private communication. For me, this is very personal. I was born in Ukraine, and grew up in the USSR during the 1980s. One of my strongest memories from that time is a phrase I’d frequently hear when my mother was talking on the phone: “This is not a phone conversation; I’ll tell you in person.” The fact that we couldn’t speak freely without the fear that our communications would be monitored by KGB is in part why we moved to the United States when I was a teenager.

Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible: You don't have to give us your name and we don't ask for your email address. We don’t know your birthday. We don’t know your home address. We don’t know where you work. We don’t know your likes, what you search for on the internet or collect your GPS location. None of that data has ever been collected and stored by WhatsApp, and we really have no plans to change that.

If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn’t have done it. Instead, we are forming a partnership that would allow us to continue operating independently and autonomously. Our fundamental values and beliefs will not change. Our principles will not change. Everything that has made WhatsApp the leader in personal messaging will still be in place. Speculation to the contrary isn’t just baseless and unfounded, it’s irresponsible. It has the effect of scaring people into thinking we’re suddenly collecting all kinds of new data. That’s just not true, and it’s important to us that you know that.

Make no mistake: our future partnership with Facebook will not compromise the vision that brought us to this point. Our focus remains on delivering the promise of WhatsApp far and wide, so that people around the world have the freedom to speak their mind without fear.

Almost five years ago we started WhatsApp with a simple mission: building a cool product used globally by everybody. Nothing else mattered to us.

Today we are announcing a partnership with Facebook that will allow us to continue on that simple mission. Doing this will give WhatsApp the flexibility to grow and expand, while giving me, Brian, and the rest of our team more time to focus on building a communications service that’s as fast, affordable and personal as possible.

Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.

WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication. There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product.

On a personal note, Brian and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a small team of people who, in just under five years, built a communication service that now supports over 450 million monthly active users worldwide and over 320 million daily active users. They have helped re-define and revolutionize communication for the 21st century, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Our team has always believed that neither cost and distance should ever prevent people from connecting with their friends and loved ones, and won’t rest until everyone, everywhere is empowered with that opportunity. We want to thank all of our users and everybody in our lives for making this next chapter possible, and for joining us as we continue on this very special journey.

A few short years ago, my friend Brian and I set out to build a messaging service with a single focus: best possible user experience. We bet that if our team of engineers could make messaging fast, simple, and personal, we could charge people directly for the service without having to rely on annoying banner ads, game promotions, or all those other distracting “features” that come with many messaging apps.

Today, we’re proud to announce that because of you, WhatsApp has reached a milestone that no other mobile messaging service has achieved: 400 million monthly active users, with 100 million active users added in the last four months alone. This isn’t a count of people who just registered for WhatsApp - it’s the number of people who are actively using the service every single month.

When we say that you made this possible, we mean it. WhatsApp has just 50 employees, and most of us are engineers. We’ve arrived at this point without spending a dollar on targeted ads or big marketing campaigns. We’re here because of all the people who share their WhatsApp stories with co-workers, friends, and loved ones - stories we love to hear.

There was the woman from New Zealand who moved to South Africa to complete her PhD. The week before she left to go back home, she met the man of her dreams. Despite living thousands of miles apart, she told us that WhatsApp has allowed them to feel closer than ever.

We also heard from a British woman who runs a charity in Uganda. She told us that her team on the ground uses WhatsApp to send daily reports, photos, and videos of the children they’re helping, which she shares to build support for her organization all over the world.

Doctors in India are using WhatsApp to instantly send electrocardiogram pictures of patients who’ve suffered heart attacks, saving valuable time and potentially lives. In the mountains of Madrid, rescuers used WhatsApp to locate and save lost hikers. And today, as I follow the unfolding political crisis in Ukraine, the place where I was born and lived until the age of sixteen, I can’t help but hope that the next great WhatsApp story will be about people using the service to speak their mind and stand up for their basic rights.

Our goal in creating WhatsApp was to empower people through technology and communication, no matter who they are, or where they live. We wanted to improve people’s lives in some small way. So thank you for making that possible. Thank you for sharing your stories, and please, keep them coming - we can’t wait to hear what you’ll use WhatsApp for next.

We spend a lot of time at WhatsApp thinking how we can make keeping in touch easier, and we know there’s no substitute for hearing the sound of a friend or family member’s voice. So today we are introducing a new feature we are truly excited about: Voice Messages.

We are releasing Voice Messages on all of our platforms simultaneously. We worked very hard to make sure that iPhone and Android devices have perfectly working Voice Messages functionality, and we put extra effort into making sure that BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone users can enjoy the same rich and powerful Voice Messaging experience.

To learn more about Voice Message and how it works, take a look at this video we made:

You can also read our FAQ entry if you want to learn more about Voice Messages for your specific phone:

http://www.whatsapp.com/faq/link/voice_messaging.php

We hope you will enjoy Voice Messages as much as we enjoyed building it.