Now, WhatsApp adds end-to-end ‘encrypted’ back-up for messages

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on October 15, 2021

Messages stored on Google Drive, iCloud to be secure

At a time when Indian authorities have asked instant messaging company WhatsApp to put in place a system to pinpoint the originator of messages, the Facebook-owned company has added another layer of encryption that will secure the messages that are stored on Google Drive or iCloud.

Difficult to access chat

Now, accessing your WhatsApp messages from your phone storage would be even more difficult for another person, even for law enforcement agencies, as the company has started rolling out its new end-to-end encrypted back-up feature to protect messages that are stored outside its platform.

Recently, there have been instances where private messages on WhatsApp have been leaked after getting access to the user’s phone

“This feature will provide people with more privacy and security for their digital conversations, and that’s a responsibility that we don’t take lightly.

“Given this, we are rolling this out slowly to ensure a consistent and reliable user experience for people on iOS and Android around the world,” said WhatsApp in a blog post.

Encryption key

Users can now secure their messages with either a password or a 64-digit encryption key. “Neither WhatsApp nor your back-up service provider will be able to read your back-up or access the key required to unlock it,” said the messaging firm.

If someone chooses to back-up their chat history with end-to-end encryption, it will be accessible only to them, and no one will be able to unlock their back-up, not even WhatsApp.

Published on October 15, 2021

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