WhatsApp introduces encrypted backups

The social networking company (Facebook) revealed that end-to-end encrypted backups of the WhatsApp platform for iOS and Android became available, yesterday, Thursday.

The company has provided end-to-end encryption for conversations for years, but with this new change, you can get the same level of encryption with your backups, according to (Al Arabiya Net).

The feature is slowly rolling out to people using the latest version of the app, and the platform has taken this step to shut down one of the tricky ways in which private communication between people can be hacked through the app.

WhatsApp backups are also stored in iCloud or Google Drive, but this means that Apple or Google can hand over backups to governments or law enforcement if they have to.

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.

And (Facebook) said: “(WhatsApp) was built on a simple idea centered around that what you share with your friends and family stays between you, and 5 years ago, we added end-to-end encryption by default, which protects more than 100 billion messages per day as it moves between more than one country. two billion users.

And 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. 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.

Users of the platform see the option to create a 64-digit encryption key to lock backups of conversations in the cloud, and 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 the backup key vault. Cloud-based company developed.

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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