We’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts particularly in Germany about hike and 128-bit SSL encryption. We believe this stemmed from a response we gave on a support ticket asking about SSL encryption. As follows is a conversation between the hike team and a user:

As we’ve mentioned in the ticket ‘We would be using 128-bit SSL encryption’ to our messages. 128-bit SSL encryption is coming to hike by year end.

As a matter of fact, its one of the top features we are working on at the moment.

We’ve also just received our Exporter Registration Number (ERN). An ERN is a number that is given by the US government to allow a company to use encryption to deliver its service. Why is a US approval needed? Because the platforms that our apps are available on are owned and controlled by US entities (Apple etc). To know more about the ERN process, click here.

At this point in time, hike does not encrypt its messages with 128-bit encryption. Like any other application that uses data over mobile networks, hike relies on encryption provided by networks operators.

We take security very seriously and we guarantee you that we’re putting a lot of effort to ensure that hike keeps evolving on all parameters, especially security.

We assure you that 128-bit SSL encryption is coming to hike by end of this calendar year.