- WhatsApp is bringing end-to-end encrypted backups.
- This feature is rolling out for both Android and iOS users.
- WhatsApp is providing encrypted message services since 2016.
The Facebook-owned messaging application – WhatsApp has added a new layer of security to its messaging app. The Company is trying to encrypt backups for the chat history.
In the Summer, WhatsApp started testing end-to-end encryption for chat history backups. Finally, WhatsApp announced this feature officially. Now the users will be able to encrypt backups of their chat history.
After that, the content will be accessible only to you and no one will be able to unlock your backup. However, this feature is totally optional for the users.
On Friday, the CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces through a post:
WhatsApp has completed building end-to-end encrypted backups and will soon begin rolling out the new layer of privacy and security protection to users.
The end-to-end encrypted backups feature can be accessed manually by enabling it on the app.
The Company announces that the will be available as an optional feature that users need to manually enable on the app. WhatsApp said that this feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks for both Android and iOS users
A post by Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page:
“We’re adding another layer of privacy and security to WhatsApp: an end-to-end encryption option for the backups people choose to store in Google Drive or iCloud.
WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage across operating system”
What does end-to-end Encryption mean?
WhatsApp chat end-to-end encryption means that nobody other than the sender and the receiver can access the chats. Even WhatsApp can’t access your encrypted data as well. All messages and calls are already encrypted on this platform since 2016.
Usually, people backup their chats to preserve the data but backups were unencrypted to date. There is always a risk while switching the device that someone will access your chats.
Now, WhatsApp works on it and adds one security layer to the app. Now the users can backup their chats with end-to-end encryption. However, the backup service provider is still able to access the encrypted chat data. For iOS users, the only option for chat backup in iCloud, while Android users typically rely on Google Drive.
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