WhatsApp is testing encrypted cloud backups on Android

Why it issues: While WhatsApp’s on the spot messages profit from end-to-end encryption, its cloud-stored backups do not. That means entry to your chat backups, both nefariously or through a warrant, would grant entry to your personal messaging historical past. However, customers who’ve been beta-testing WhatsApp on Android now have the choice of turning backup encryption on, making their backups and messages safer.

The anticipated safety function is out there in WhatsApp’s newest beta model for Android (2.21.15.5). When activated, each chat and media historical past in your cloud backups might be protected utilizing a password. This comes with a catch although: in the event you lose your cellphone and overlook your password (or the 64-digit restoration key), it will not be potential to revive your backup.

Your backup password is alleged to be personal, and never shared with WhatsApp, Google, Facebook, or Apple. It can solely include lowercase letters and digits, and in the event you lose it, WhatsApp cannot show you how to making an attempt to recollect it.

You ought to stability that caveat towards the information that in case your Google Drive (or iCloud Drive) turns into compromised in any approach, your WhatsApp chat and media historical past shall be safe.

We’re hoping WhatsApp will roll this function out to extra customers, together with iPhones quickly. For now, it is out there by way of the Google Play Beta Program in WhatsApp beta app for Android and like at all times, our Downloads part too.

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