Private messages should always be just that - private. With the latest version of the XING app for iOS and Android you can send messages to other XING members with end-to-end encryption. It's almost like giving someone a letter in person. This means that the content of encrypted chats are coded on the sender’s device and decoded again on the recipient’s device. With encrypted chats this takes place automatically, no matter whether you're a basic or Premium member. We are therefore able to offer, as well as the general SSL-encrypted data transmission on XING, an additional feature for maximum data security.
How to create an encrypted chat:
- Under Messages in the XING app tap on the pencil icon and choose the option Encrypted chat.
- Select the person you want to chat to. Note that you can only select people who are using the latest version of the XING app.
- The encrypted chat is created and can be used. This is indicated by the padlock symbol.
You can also verify the recipient. For this you need to be in the same place so that you can both scan a QR code.
- Open the message, tap on Details (iOS) or the Menu button with the three dots (Android) – both top right.
- Tap on Confirm security.
- You will now each see a QR code on your device, which you can each scan for mutual verification.
Please note: Encrypted chats are only visible on the end device on which they have been sent or received. You cannot therefore see these chats on any other end devices or in your browser. If you change your end device (e.g. if it is lost or faulty), the encrypted chats on the previous end device will be irrevocably deleted for security reasons and cannot be transferred to or reproduced on other devices. The same applies if the XING app is uninstalled. As soon as you use another device to hold an encrypted conversation, you will be asked if you now wish to use the new device for your future encrypted chats. Confirm this with your XING password, and your messages will be deleted from your previous device. In addition, your chat partner should be informed of your change of device – all to aid security. After changing your device you may also need to verify yourself again.
We're not happy unless you are.
Hackers are always coming up with something new, which is why we're tireless in our efforts to keep you secure. Our inhouse security team constantly analyses and monitors our entire infrastructure and functionality. On top of that, we also subject our systems to regular external audits performed by renowned security experts. We even try and hack ourselves to make sure we have no loopholes whatsoever.As a result of all this, end-to-end encryption ensures that the messages you send via the XING app are more secure than an e-mail.
Sometimes it's good to be strict.
As a Hamburg-based company and a pioneer in German-speaking countries we've always been subject to German privacy law, which is among the most stringent in the world. We also have a whole host of other security measures in place just to be on the safe side.
End-to-end encryption has you covered.
Want to find out everything there is to know about our security upgrade? Here you'll find a detailed technical explanation about end-to-end encryption at XING:
XING always was, is and will continue to be secure. SSL connections have always been available with XING, so implementing end-to-end encryption is simply an extra layer on top of our already extremely high security standards rather than us needing to close loopholes.
Every message you send or receive with end-to-end encryption has a little padlock symbol next to the timestamp.
The XING 2018 security upgrade is available to everyone, including members with the free basic version.
You can only view encrypted chats on mobile end devices as they communicate directly with one another. This is also why you can only use a single device for encrypted chats at a time, even if you're logged in to XING on multiple mobile devices.
As soon as you start using a second or a new device for encrypted chats, you'll be asked if you want to use this "new" device for encrypted chats instead. If you confirm this by entering your XING password, the end-to-end encrypted messages on your previous device will be deleted. The person you were communicating with will also be notified that you changed your device, in turn ensuring end-to-end transparency for your end-to-end encryption.
If you change the device you use for encrypted chats, the messages on your previous device will be deleted for security reasons. With this same focus on security, your old end-to-end encrypted messages won't be transferred to your new device.
It's our responsibility to safeguard your data. We go to great lengths to make sure your data stays safe and secure:
- Intensive system audits
- Regular exchanges on a national and international level
- Cooperations with expert partners