WhatsApp chat backup gets end-to-end encryption: Here’s what it means

New Delhi: WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption available to protect chats. However, WhatsApp chat backups kept on Google Drive for Android users and iCloud for iPhone users do not enjoy the same capability. Hackers used it to get personal information and other personal data from WhatsApp users.

To address this, WhatsApp said last month that it would soon start rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backups on its network. Users will have to opt-in or enable this function, and it will be available in WhatsApp’s Android and iOS apps in the coming weeks, the company said at the time.

According to WABetaInfo, end-to-end encryption for WhatsApp chat backup was enabled momentarily on its Android beta app, but it was later disabled in the WhatsApp beta for Android version. 21.15.7. The capability has now been activated in the Android beta version of the Facebook-owned messaging app. Also read: OnePlus 9RT to launch on October 13: See expected price, specs and more

“To protect your backups using end-to-end encryption, you can choose a personal password or a 64-bit encryption key,” the blog site wrote in a post.

Before you enable this WhatsApp function, make sure you have read the warning. Photos posted by the blogsite show that if users lose the key, WhatsApp will not be able to recover the encrypted backup as the firm does not have access to it. The only way to access Chat Backup is by using a 64-digit encryption key or a user-generated password. “Note that WhatsApp cannot help you restore your chat history from an encrypted backup if you lose the password, so make sure to save it in a safe place,” the blog site added.

According to the report, while WhatsApp has rolled out this feature to all WhatsApp betas for Android users, it can be inferred that some users may not have received the update. With the next upgrade, such users will get end-to-end encrypted conversation backup. Also read: Data of over 1.5 billion Facebook users leaked on the dark web

In addition, WhatsApp has started rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backup for iOS users. According to reports, WhatsApp beta for iOS version has allowed end-to-end encrypted chat backup for a select group of iOS beta testers. While there’s no specific date for the final release of WhatsApp’s end-to-end encrypted chat backup, the feature is now available in the company’s beta apps, so it shouldn’t be long until it’s available in core apps.

By Naveen Bharat Staff



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