An update for Viber has been released today bringing it at par to iMessage and WhatsApp. The update is focused on security, privacy and encryption. The details of the update include:
- Increased security – the padlock icon confirms that all your messages – including groups and cross platform messages – are end-to-end encrypted
- Hidden Chats – hide away specific chats so nobody knows they even exist
- Contact authentication – a new layer of security allows you to protect yourself further with a simple ‘trust contact’ mechanic
- ‘Like’ media from the preview screen – click the heart to like photos and videos even while you’re watching them
- Reduced app size – Viber now takes up less space on your phone.
Based from one of the blogs I read, end-to-end encryption will roll out globally over the next two weeks. I don't see a padlock when sending a message in my updated version of the application. I did verify though that I have the Hidden Chats functionality and Trusting Contacts.
In case you don't have Viber yet (which I doubt), you can download the application below for your iOS devices.