WhatsApp’s local backups will now be end-to-end encrypted

WhatsApp has been a popular messaging app, preferred by millions all over the world. The Facebook-owned platform has released a slew of features the past year and has no intention of stopping it seems. The feature after feature release comes after the Privacy Policy backlash. Nevertheless, the plethora of features seems to be retaining users as WhatsApp has intended.

Several important features have been introduced to the Facebook-owned company’s instant messaging service in the last month, including additional choices for transmitting high-quality photographs and videos, multi-device compatibility, a new calling UI for group chats, and auto-expiring media. WhatsApp has also recently begun testing end-to-end encryption for cloud backups, which they plan to expand to local backups.

End-to-End Encrypted Local Backups

Since 2014, WhatsApp has supported end-to-end encryption for chats, with the exception of cloud and local chat backups. When WhatsApp began testing end-to-end encryption capability for backups saved on Google Drive and iCloud, that all changed. WhatsApp is now trying to extend the same level of encryption to locally stored backups, according to WABetainfo.

Unauthorized access to your chat history and media will be prevented thanks to end-to-end encryption. To encrypt your cloud and local backups, WhatsApp will prompt you to create a password. Instead of a password, you can generate a 64-bit encryption key. You’ll need to enter this password/encryption key the next time you restore your WhatsApp chats from Google Drive or a local backup.

However, if you lose your phone or forget your password, you won’t be able to restore your backup, and WhatsApp won’t be able to help you because the password/encryption key is completely private and not shared with WhatsApp, Google, Facebook, or Apple.

Summing Up

End-to-end encryption for cloud and local backups has not yet been made available to all WhatsApp users. WhatsApp tried a limited rollout of encrypted cloud backups with beta users last month, but it was abruptly suspended due to connection problems. When end-to-end encryption for cloud and local backups becomes generally available, we’ll be sure to let you know.

In Other News

An unforeseen trend has started due to the pandemic, extreme surges can be observed in entertainment and utility applications. Apps that carry out functions such as file switch has been at the top. It is unclear if the trend will carry on even after the pandemic or is it just a temporary thing. We’ll have to keep an eye to know for sure.

This article was submitted by Bianca Patrick.

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