WhatsApp has finally begun rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android users globally. The feature will enable an optional extra layer of protection to users iCloud and Google Drive accounts, and it will be rolling out “slowly” for people on the latest version of the app. This information was announced by the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday. He stated that; “You can now secure your end-to-end encrypted backup with either a password of your choice or a 64-digit encryption key that only you know. Neither WhatsApp nor your backup service provider will be able to read your backups or access the key required to unlock it”.
Mark added that; “This feature will provide people with more privacy and security for their digital conversations and that’s a responsibility that we don’t take lightly”.
He further stated that the feature will be rolling out slowly to ensure a consistent and reliable user experience for people on iOS and Android around the world.
WhatsApp users can now secure their end-to-end encrypted backup with either a password of their choice or a 64-digit encryption key that they know to help provide more privacy and security in conversation.
WhatsApp backups are stored in iCloud or Google Drive, but that means that Apple or Google could hand over the backups to governments or law enforcement if compelled.
With the change available on Thursday, you can secure your WhatsApp cloud backups with a password or a 64-digit encryption key, which theoretically means that no one else but you will be able to access the backup.
However, users will have to be careful with the password or the encryption key as WhatsApp will not be able to restore their chat history if these are lost. The password or the 64-bit encryption key will have to enter every time a user needs to restore their chat history.