Facebook has announced that WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, is getting a new feature: end-to-end encryption for chat backups on iOS and Android, which will prevent access to WhatsApp users ’conversations, no matter where the copies are stored conversation.
“WhatsApp is built on a simple idea: what you share with friends and family stays between you,” said Facebook announcing the new WhatsApp option, with a reminder that end-to-end encryption, which today protects over 100 billion messages exchanged daily by 2 billion users of the application, has been a default in WhatsApp for five years.
WhatsApp allows you to back up your chats and save them on online storage services. Backups of iOS users are stored on iCloud, and for Android are stored on Google Drive.
By backing up your chats, if you reinstall WhatsApp on your device or install it for the first time on a new device, the app will restore your saved messages.
Although WhatsApp calls are protected by end-to-end encryption (E2EE), cloud-based backups are not, and could theoretically be accessed by anyone with access to your phone, performing a “man-in-the-middle” (MiTM) attack. , or by retrieving a phone number through a SIM card replacement attack.
That’s why an additional layer of protection is being introduced for WhatsApp user conversations, and Facebook says that “no other global messaging service provides this level of security for user messages, media, voice messages, video calls and chat backups.”
Users will now be able to protect their encrypted backups with a password of their choice or an encryption key, before uploading them to iCloud or Google Drive.
“Neither WhatsApp nor your backup service provider will be able to read your backups or access the key needed to unlock,” Facebook said.
Facebook states that this feature is slowly being introduced to those who use the latest version of WhatsApp, so it may take some time before it reaches everyone.
When a new feature is available to you, you can enable it as follows:
Open up WhatsApp
Open up Settings
Touch Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup
Touch Continue, then follow the instructions and enter the password or key when prompted.
Touch Done and wait for WhatsApp to prepare your end-to-end encrypted backup. When making an encrypted backup, the application may ask you to connect the device to a power source.
Once you enable end-to-end encrypted backups, you will no longer be able to restore backups to your device without a password.
You can always disable this feature by returning to the end-to-end encrypted backup setting and disabling it.
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