WhatsApp has launched end-to-end encrypted backups for iOS and Android users worldwide. According to the messaging platform, this will add another layer of security to iCloud and Google Drive accounts.
According to a statement from WhatsApp, “This feature will give people more privacy and protection for their digital conversations and is a responsibility that we will not take lightly. I’m turning it on.
How to enable end-to-end encrypted backups
To ensure an extra level of security, You need to turn on the end-to-end encrypted backup feature. All you have to do is go to Settings> Chat> Chat Backup> End-to-End Encrypted Backup.
Post it, select “Continue” and follow the instructions to create a password. Tap “Complete” and wait for the app to have your last encrypted backup ready. Make sure the device is charged until the backup is ready.
Users will be able to secure these back-up chats with a password or a 64-digit encryption key. WhatsApp mentions that if a user loses WhatsApp chat, forgets password or key, they will not be able to recover the backup. The app cannot reset your password or restore a backup. Users can turn off backups with this password or PIN.
WhatsApp ensures that if a user chooses to back up their chat history with end-to-end encryption, it will only be accessible to them. Even, WhatsApp will not be able to access this chat. According to the company, “neither WhatsApp nor backup service providers (like Apple) will be able to access their end-to-end encryption keys or their end-to-end encrypted backups.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new features on Facebook tonight.
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