Android and iOS users can now encrypt their WhatsApp backups according to Whatsapp. The company made the announcement some days ago, after testing it in beta for some time now.
That means more than 2 billion of its global users will be able to encrypt their data sent to either Google Drive or iCloud. Normally, encrypted backups have a key held by the backup platform.
Whatsapp is changing the trajectory by allowing users have sole access to that key. Their data becomes unreadable even to WhatsApp and other backup platforms. The social media company says that users will be able to create a password associated with the key or save a 64-digit encryption key.
Parent company, Facebook will be responsible for storing the associated key in a physical hardware security module, or HSM. This is only accessible when the right password is input.
“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 systems,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.
Meanwhile, it has been increasing its Android Updates, it was testing encrypted cloud on the Android platform some months ago.
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The messaging application already offers end-to-end messages encryption, so third parties cannot view them.
For the most part, there’s also cloud backup encryption for your messages on WhatsApp. Although this can be viewed by the federal authorities if a search warrant is involved.
However, according to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has the technology to independently encrypt backups in the cloud.
The Site also says that in the newest beta update for Android (188.8.131.52) the technology was enabled. There’s a catch though when you enable this feature and forget your login details or the 64-digit recovery key. Then your cloud backup will be hidden away forever.
WhatsApp won’t be able to help you recover them, the company’s beta update for Android (184.108.40.206) also has multi-device capabilities.
That means you cant use your tablet or PC as an independent device for WhatsApp.This is changing with the latest public beta. You can operate multiple independent secondary devices, allowing your phone and four other devices at once.
This new official cloud encryption feature stops the government from gaining access to your backups. Countries like India have frowned at this kind of development, but WhatsApp believes it’s the right way forward.
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