WhatsApp Is Bringing Password-Protected Encrypted iCloud Backups
WhatsApp is Working to Bring Encrypted iCloud Backups For Enhanced Privacy and Security of Chats and Data
WhatsApp already supports end-to-end encryption when it comes to exchanging messages and pictures. However, the chat backup is not secure on both Google Drive or iCloud on iPhone and Android. This potentially opens up a loophole for hackers to take advantage of. Unauthorized users can still access chat backups through user's Gmail or iCloud accounts. Now, the internet messaging giant has taken note of the potential threat and working to bring password-protected encrypted iCloud backup to the platform.
As mentioned earlier, WhatsApp is working on corrective measures to bring an end-to-end encrypted iCloud backup on iPhone. Users will have to password-protect their backups for the encryption to work. What this means is that without the password, users will not be able to restore their chat history and media on their devices. The platform will also allow users to reset their passwords for backed-up chat data. As of now, WhatsApp can backup chats and media without a password.
According to @WABetaInfo, the new encrypted iCloud backup feature will roll out in the future builds of the app. Furthermore, how the feature will work on iOS is not clear at this point and solid details are scarce at the moment. Nonetheless, we will share more details on the scene as soon as we have more information,
As previously announced, @WhatsApp is working on cloud backups encryption.
The chat database and media will be safe from unauthorized access when using a password. The password is private and it's not sent to WhatsApp.
It will be available in a future build for iOS and Android. pic.twitter.com/Lp06PaECBX
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 8, 2021
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