According to a recent report by WABetaInfo (via 9To5Google), WhatsApp is currently testing end-to-end encryption for cloud backups.
Last year, information regarding encrypted cloud backups emerged. Fast forward to now, the popular instant messaging app seems to be testing the feature, already.
FYI, end-to-end encryption is a big part of WhatsApp’s base. Notably, all chats on the app are end-to-end encrypted. The benefit of this is that no one, except you and the recipient, will be able to view the message or the media that you share among yourselves.
Unfortunately, this important end-to-end encryption feature is not supported for cloud backups, when you are using Google Drive, or iCloud.
So, for security, you depend on the protection and security features that these cloud storage services offer. Moreover, WhatsApp even offers a warning when you perform cloud backup, “Messages and media backed up in Google Drive are not protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption.”
The good thing is the company has understood the need of the hour and has begun testing the new end-to-end encryption for cloud backups.
The end-to-end encryption feature for cloud backups was spotted on WhatsApp v188.8.131.52
WABetaInfo found this new feature in the WhatsApp app version 184.108.40.206. Moreover, this also hints that the Facebook owned messaging service would allow users to set password for WhatsApp encrypted cloud backup.
For those who are privacy-conscious to the next-level, they can also set a 64-digit encryption key instead of the password. However, there is a downside attached to setting a 64-digit encryption key.
That is, if you, by any chance forgot the 64-digit encryption key, then you would lose all the content stored in the cloud backup.
Users have been requesting WhatsApp for encrypted cloud backup feature. Finally, it seems like the company is on the right track. Additionally, it also feels like this feature may see the light of the day pretty soon.
Multi-device support option is another, or it would be correct to say the highly requested feature by WhatsApp users. So, you can expect the encrypted cloud backup feature to come only after WhatsApp is done and dusted with multi device support option.
Whatever the case may be, it is nice to see the company is already working on the cloud backup encryption feature. It is not clear at the moment how widespread this user test is running. Safe to say, the feature is live only for a small pool of users.
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