WhatsApp Introduces Encrypted Chat Protected Password Backups

WhatsApp works by using a new Password Protected feature to enhance the protection of your cloud backups, making message backups available to the user only. WABetaInfo last year unveiled the feature and now has posted screenshots of how this feature will work for iOS and Android users.


"To delete an illegal entry to your iCloud Drives backup you can set the password to encrypt future backups," one of them said. "The password will be used when you want to recover your backup." The app asks the user to check the phone number and to choose a password of eight or more characters. An additional screenshot says "WhatsApp does not help recover passwords you have forgotten."

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WhatsApp chats are now end-to-end encrypted, meaning that the sender and the recipient can be accessed only. Google Drive or iCloud online backups are not included with this security feature. The security of backups is the responsibility of these servers' cloud storage providers who, by means of valid search warrants in the past, made them accessible. If you have backup password encryption, nobody would be permitted to view your chat history or backups without your permission.

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This feature would help solve the fear arising after the latest privacy policies of WhatsApp that confuse users that Whatsapp will store more information with its Facebook parent company. Although WhatsApp clarifies that the new policies would never influence consumer privacy. In addition, WhatsApp rival messaging systems like Signal and Telegram have seen a curiosity in the exploration of alternate solutions by consumers.


WhatsApp made public statements about the new product, but before the official release, WABetaInfo has a long record of reporting features.

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