WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, hasn’t always had a good reputation for keeping user data secure, but the firm has chosen to perform a U-turn and make things even more secure! ( At least, that’s the case for Android users.)
Why are WhatsApp backups unsecure?
For the uninitiated, even while WhatsApp chats on your devices are end-to-end encrypted, your phone automatically backs up WhatsApp chats to your designated backup provider, which in most cases is Google Drive, and uploads unencrypted versions of the chats there. This means that anyone with access to your Google Drive, as well as authorities, can view your chats if they so desire.
Encrypted WhatsApp chat backups
WhatsApp is working on encrypted cloud backups for devices, starting with Android users, according to a brand new feature uncovered by WABetaInfo. As a result, the conversation backups will be incredibly safe, as only you and your keys will be able to restore the chats.
If you are a member of the Beta programme, you should carefully consider whether or not to participate. If you lose your recovery key or forget your password, you will be permanently shut out of restoring your backup, and WhatsApp will not be able to access it.
How to get it
For tech-savvy users who are comfortable and confident that their credentials will not be lost, you may sign up for the Beta program in the Play Store and use the all-new Encryption system available on WhatsApp to ensure that your privacy is protected without sacrificing convenience.
This feature, together with WhatsApp’s new multi-device compatibility, is guaranteed to boost the app’s appeal and help it reclaim market share. What are your thoughts on WhatsApp’s latest moves? Do you believe it’ll be able to compete with apps like Telegram in terms of security? Please let us know in the comments section below! Also, if you haven’t already, please follow us on Telegram and Instagram, and subscribe to our mailing list!