WhatsApp encryption is already one of the most complex and secure in the world, but the company led by Mark Zuckerberg is already studying new ways to make information leakage even more difficult, this time focusing on backups stored in the cloud.
As new features are implemented on the platform, security also needs to be tightened up in order to protect users from possible cyber attacks.
According to information released by WABetaInfo, future backup copies of the application’s chats will have end-to-end encryption, in addition to password protection of at least eight digits. The feature will be implemented in Android and iOS versions.
With the new feature, both the messages exchanged and the media sent (photos, videos, and audios) can only be downloaded and viewed by the user himself – not even WhatsApp will store the chosen password, which will be requested whenever you want to restore backups. With this, it is important that you choose a secure code, but that is not forgotten.
As previously announced, @WhatsApp is working on cloud backups encryption.
The chat database and media will be safe from unauthorized access when using a password. The password is private and it's not sent to WhatsApp.
It will be available in a future build for iOS and Android. pic.twitter.com/Lp06PaECBX
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 8, 2021
Currently, WhatsApp backup compiles only text messages, through a single layer of protection. The storage of multimedia files is done on external platforms, such as Google Drive and iCloud, with the protection of these files being the responsibility of each platform.
The news has not yet been officially confirmed by WhatsApp and has no release forecast.
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