In addition to testing new payment methods and working on multi-device support for the platform, WhatsApp has worked on several privacy-focused features. As a result, Facebook-owned companies will soon add security features to local backups of iOS and Android devices after previously testing end-to-end (E2EE) encryption for cloud backups.
WhatsApp recently shared a series of tweets to announce its next feature: According to the tweet, WhatsApp will soon enable end-to-end encryption for local and cloud backups of iOS and Android users. Check out the tweets attached just below.
Now, for those who don’t know, WhatsApp already provides E2EE support for messages to keep your messages safe and away from prying eyes. However, this feature is currently supported for cloud or local backups on the platform.
Therefore, to protect WhatsApp backups on Google Drive or iCloud and local storage, WhatsApp has been working to introduce end-to-end encryption for backups.It allows the user to Set unique encryption keys for cloud and local backups To prevent unauthorized access.
According to WhatsApp, the company had to overcome “Incredible technical challenges” Develop an E2EE system for encrypted backup.Messaging giant says it had to be developed “A brand new framework for key storage and cloud storage” Enable the feature.
End-to-end encryption of backups is a very useful feature, but it is worth mentioning that if a user forgets the encryption key, there is no way to recover the backup.that is The encryption key to access the chat backup is stored locally Not sent to WhatsApp or cloud service providers on the user device.
When it comes to availability, WhatsApp will first begin deploying E2EE support for backups to WhatsApp beta testers on iOS and Android. Based on the beta test report, the company may roll out this feature for global users in the coming months.