WhatsApp gets a new feature – one of the most important service in all of history


WhatsApp has enjoyed a reputation as a secure instant messenger. The service encrypts messages between the sender and recipients, and not even WhatsApp itself can read them.

However, there has been one major shortcoming in message secrecy: while the messages sent are heavily encrypted, their cloud-mounted backups have not been. The backups have thus been perfectly readable by all, assuming, of course, that they have been accessed first. Nor is it as incomprehensible an idea as you might think, or perhaps even hope.

Now WhatsApp has tapped this hole too. Slashgear says that WhatsApp will continue to encrypt threaded backups of threads in the future.

Threads are backed up to iCloud or Google Drive. Chains include text messages, video calls, voice messages, and other media messages. They are encrypted using a 64-bit key.

The new feature is already in use and needs to be turned on manually. The required name can be found in Conversations> Backups> Encryption (Chat> Chat Backup> End-to-end Encrypted Backup).

If the encryption is not yet found in WhatsApp, you may want to try again a little while, as the new feature will be available to users step by step.


Source: Tivi by www.tivi.fi.

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