The WhatsApp messaging service adds end-to-end encryption to users’ backups of their data stored on iCloud or Google Drive.
WhatsApp introduced encryption to its messaging service in 2016 – although there have been more recent doubts about its claim to prevent surveillance. Now, the Facebook-owned service has announced that a user’s own backup of their messages will be end-to-end encrypted when saved to Google Drive or Apple’s iCloud.
“While the end-to-end encrypted messages you send and receive are stored on your device, many people also want a way to save their chats in case they lose their phone,” the company said in a blog post. . “Starting today, we’re providing an additional and optional layer of security to protect backups stored on Google Drive or iCloud with end-to-end encryption. “
“You can now secure your end-to-end encrypted backup with a password of your choice or a 64-digit encryption key that only you know,” he continues. “Neither WhatsApp nor your backup service provider will be able to read your backups or access the key required to unlock them.”
WhatsApp notes that it has over two billion users, so “we will slowly roll out this feature for those who have the latest version” of the service’s application.
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