WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that will allow users to password protect and encrypt their cloud chat backups. Previously, only chats were end-to-end encrypted on Facebook’s proprietary platform. Chat backups are not end-to-end encrypted or password protected.
The function was detected Monday by WABetaInfo. The posted screenshots reveal how the chat backup encryption will work. The text in the screenshot reads: “To prevent unauthorized access to your iCloud Drive backup, you can set a password that will be used to encrypt future backups. This password will be required when restoring from backup “.
Users must enter a password of at least eight characters. The screenshots also say that “WhatsApp will not be able to recover forgotten passwords.” So, if you decide to encrypt your chats and media backup when the feature is implemented, make sure you remember the password, as WhatsApp will not allow you to reset your password as it usually does in your emails and other IDs. Applications.
There is no official word or even leaks revealing the release date of this important security update. But, it is certain that the security feature will be available on both Android and iOS devices.
As previously announced, @WhatsApp you are working on encrypting backups in the cloud.
The chat database and the media will be safe from unauthorized access by using a password. The password is private and is not sent to WhatsApp.
It will be available in a future version for iOS and Android. pic.twitter.com/Lp06PaECBX
– WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 8, 2021
WhatsApp’s move to add more security to chat backups is definitely interesting and could raise more battles with law enforcement agencies around the world, including India. Under India’s new brokering rules, messaging apps could be required to find the originator of a message if required by law. For end-to-end encrypted apps like WhatsApp, this could pose more problems as it doesn’t keep track of who is sending a message to whom.