The chats are encrypted on WhatsApp but the cloud backups are not, particularly when they are backed up on Google Drive. The messaging leader now intends to do something about increasing the security of its cloud backups. WhatsApp is considering to encrypt chat backups by adding a password protection feature. These backups will be accessible only to the user.
Screenshots about how that feature could look on iOS and android is shared by a WABetaInfo report.
User Could Encrypt The Chat Backups Now
A password will be required to encrypt future backups, to prevent unauthorized access to your iCloud Drive backup read the screenshots. Also it read that this password will be required when you restore from the backup. At least an eight characters long password must then be set after confirming the phone number. However, it said that WhatsApp won’t be able to retrieve or recover forgotten passwords.
It was previously informed to the users by WhatsApp that the chats may be end-to-end encrypted but this encryption does not extend to the online backups of these conversations once it is uploaded on Google Drive or iCloud. The security of such chats then depends upon the cloud service providers. In the past, there have been cases that law enforcement authorities which had valid search warrants were given access to the chat backups.
What This Feature Would Mean?
It would mean that once the backups are encrypted by passwords, theoretically no one can view the chats without your permission.
This development comes in the times when the reputation of WhatsApp has taken a massive hit due to privacy and data sharing.
Although no such confirmation about the feature has been officially announced by WhatsApp, but then again WABetaInfo has a reputation of unearthing features long before they become official. So the chances of such a feature being launched is high. Let’s see how things roll…