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New WhatsApp .. Introducing encrypted backups

New WhatsApp .. Introducing encrypted backups
New WhatsApp .. Introducing encrypted backups

In its latest update, Facebook announced that end-to-end encrypted backups for WhatsApp for iOS and Android became available on Thursday.

The company has provided end-to-end encryption of conversations for years. But with this new change, you can get the same level of encryption with your backups.

Store in iCloud or Google Drive

The feature is also slowly rolling out to people who are using the latest version of the app. The platform took this step to block one of the difficult ways in which private communication between individuals can be hacked through the application.

WhatsApp backups are also stored in iCloud or Google Drive. This does, however, mean that Apple or Google can turn over backups to governments or law enforcement if they have to.

Password or encryption key

It is noteworthy that with the available change, you can secure your WhatsApp cloud backups with a password or a 64-digit encryption key, which theoretically means that only you will be able to access the backup. Neither WhatsApp nor the backup service provider will be able to read the backups or access the key required to unlock them.

“WhatsApp was built on the simple idea that what you share with your friends and family stays between you,” Facebook said. “Five years ago, we added end-to-end encryption by default, which protects more than 100 billion messages per day as it travels between more than 2 billion users.”

An extra layer of security

She added that while the end-to-end encrypted messages you send and receive are stored on your device, many people also want a way to back up their conversations in case they lose their phone. Via iCloud or Google Drive with end-to-end encryption.

The company boasted that no other global messaging service of this scale would provide this level of security for users’ messages, media, voice messages, video calls, and chat backups.

Include two options

For their part, users of the platform see an option to create a 64-digit encryption key to lock backups of conversations in the cloud. They can store the encryption key offline or in a password manager of their choice, or create a password that supports their encryption key in a cloud-based backup key vault developed by the company.

Additionally, the encryption key stored in the cloud cannot be used without the user’s password. WhatsApp explained, “We know that some prefer the 64-digit encryption key, while others want something they can easily remember. So we include both options.”

Once an encrypted backup is created, the previous versions of the backups are deleted. This happens automatically, and there is no action for the user to take.

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