The WhatsApp chat service will offer the possibility to secure even the cloud backups of the history with a unique encryption key, accessible only to the user. Thus, whether you use WhatsApp on Android and back up in Google Drive, or you use the app on iOS and back up in iCloud, in addition to Apple and Google security systems, the app will allow you to encrypt content that is stored in the cloud with a own key.
Facebook will allow users to encrypt their WhatsApp backups
However, this encryption capability at both ends will be at the user’s choice and will not be enabled by default. Basically, you will have to choose between two new methods of encrypting backups. You will be able to choose an automatic method, which allows the application to generate a unique 64-character code that will then be used for decryption when you want to access the backup, or you can enter your own fully customized 64-character code.
However, you will have to write down the latter and not lose it, because without it you will never be able to access that data from the backup. However, the key can be stored on another cloud, secured with a password.
These data protection methods are not exactly new, but users who have not had contact with them so far may find them a bit complicated. It remains to be seen how simple the data encryption process will be once WhatsApp receives this feature in the final version of the application.
Facebook says the new security features will be released in the next few weeks, so we won’t have to wait long to see exactly how the process works. This news comes shortly after Facebook showed interest in a new encryption method that allows scanning of chat content anonymously, probably for collecting data for ad display.
source: Android Police
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