What is E2EE? Why is it Needed for True Privacy?

With rising threats both online and in person all around the world, there is more and more of a need and urgency for us to have our privacy wherever we can. We do not want our information to get into the wrong hands, and we also want to have some sort of reassurance from the services we use that they can provide that for us. Thankfully, there is a way for this to be possible through end-to-end encryption.

What is it?

End-to-end encryption (E2EE) is a system of communication where only the sender and recipient have access to the sent messages. It prevents third-parties from being able to access information being transferred between two devices, whether in transit or even after it has reached its destination. If a service provides E2EE, it means that not even they will not have access to any information that you share through their servers.

Just recently in 2016, end-to-end encryption became easily accessible and mainstream with messaging apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, and Allo adapting E2EE for all of their users.  

While many devices and services use encryption, most services have the keys to decrypt your information if necessary, such as Dropbox. Most of this is to cooperate with government officials when necessary or when the customer needs to call support with an issue about their product. However, sometimes these companies can also sell your information to outside advertisers in an effort to provide more targeted ads to you online. There is also a higher chance of hacking with these kinds of encryptions. With E2EE, information stays encrypted to all outside parties all the time, no matter what. What makes this possible is public-key encryption. The user owns the private key, while the public key is only what the user allows a server to have. Once the user’s identity is confirmed, then the public key will hand a private key over without ever knowing what it is. A good analogy is anyone being able to put something in a lock box, but only you being able to unlock it.

    Why is it needed for true privacy?

    One might think that they are safe and secure online, but without the guarantee of E2EE, it is still possible to be hacked or to have information shared to other third parties. A lack of E2EE also means that the service provider or messaging service can still access your photos, messages, and videos sent to other people. If there is a security breach, your information is vulnerable to be hacked or stolen.

    In terms of home security, E2EE is unfortunately still not the norm, but YouIPCams are hoping to change that by encrypting all cameras through our software so that you are safe. We value privacy so much that not even we are ever able to access your information, even with permission. Privacy for our customers is our priority, and that is why we worked hard to create our own software to make E2EE possible for all of our devices. Even if you are using a third party camera, you can still secure the device by connecting it to the YouIpCams app and using it as a hub for your other devices.

    Our cameras and app are E2EE enabled to ensure safety and privacy for all.