According to a post, WhatsApp is adding password-protected, encrypted chat backups to iCloud and Google Drive. The latest update, which really is in development, will allow people to protect their WhatsApp chat copies in the form of backup from unauthorized access by encrypting them with a password. Currently, your conversations are end-to-end protected on your phone and the phones of the users you’re talking to, but this was no longer be the case if you back the chats up. Many privacy proponents have previously expressed concerns about this.
According to WABetaInfo, a password-protected, encrypted cloud backups feature is in the works for WhatsApp. It has also shared some screenshots that show how the new feature could work in the app.
“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 you restore from the backup.” These are the statements from the description on one of the screenshots shared and spread online.
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Both Google Drive and iCloud Drive backups are likely to receive the update. It’s also worth noting that the images posted by WABetaInfo show that WhatsApp won’t be able to help users recover lost credentials and that users will be asked to validate password security for their backups by entering their mobile number.
For quite some time, WhatsApp has had a cloud backup option. The messaging app, on the other hand, does not support cloud backups with end-to-end protection, which encrypts information as it moves from one point to the next. This has reportedly been used in the past to obtain access to a user’s communications through cloud service providers that have access to backups.
Local Android backups, in addition to cloud backups, will be compliant with the latest update, according to WABetaInfo. This ensures that you’ll be able to secure the backups you save locally on your Android phone with a password. In the case of iPhones, WhatsApp does not allow local backups.
WhatsApp has been contacted by the tech press for comment on the password-protected backups. The organization has yet to react, but there is still hope for a response.
In May 2020, there were early links to protecting chat backups with passwords. However, it appears that the function is still being tested.