WhatsApp Starts Trial of Chat Backup Feature with Encryption

WhatsApp Starts Trial of Chat Backup Feature with Encryption

WhatsApp re-testing the latest features. Having previously announced a trial of the feature multi-device, this time they rolled out the feature backup encrypted for beta testers.

Trial of this feature found by page WABetaInfo on WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.21.15.5. This feature is currently only available to users who have joined as beta testers.

This encrypted backup feature has actually been reported by WABetaInfo since last year, then the details and how it works were only revealed in March. Four months later the feature is ready for public testing.

With features backup encrypted, all conversations and backed up media in cloud will be protected by a password so that it cannot be accessed by others arbitrarily.

WhatsApp Starts Trial of Chat Backup Feature with Encryption
WhatsApp trial of encrypted backup feature Photo: WABetaInfo

To restore data that has beenbackup, the user must always enter the password. Backup encrypted ones cannot be recovered if the user loses his phone or forgets his password.

This password is private and will not be shared with WhatsApp, Facebook, Google or Apple, as quoted from WABetaInfo, Sunday (18/7/2021).

Backup which is encrypted end-to-end it can also be restored using the encryption key. This encryption key contains 64 digits consisting of numbers and lowercase letters between ‘a’ and ‘f’.

WhatsApp trial of encrypted backup featureWhatsApp trial of encrypted backup feature Photo: WABetaInfo

WhatsApp users will not be able to restore their conversation history on Facebook backup encrypted without this key. If this key is lost, WhatsApp cannot help the user to get it back.

Conversations on WhatsApp are already protected with encryption end-to-end. However, this protection does not cover data backed up in Google Drive or iCloud.

Once the data isbackup and log in to the server cloud, security is the responsibility of the service provider cloud. Law enforcers can also access user data WhatsApp that has been stored in the cloud if it has a search warrant.

Adding encryption to the backup using a password that only the user knows would mean in theory preventing others from accessing your WhatsApp conversation history without permission.

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