Whatsapp End-To-End Encryption: WhatsApp is ready to launch end-to-end encrypted cloud backups on Android and iOS. This advancement will help users keep their chats end-to-end encrypted even when they are a part of WhatsApp backups, stored on a cloud service such as Apple iCloud or Google Drive.
WhatsApp has finalized building end-to-end encrypted backups and will shortly roll out the new layer of privacy and security protection to users, reported through a post by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The users will be able to enable end-to-end encryption backups on WhatsApp by generating a password that they will be required to reimpose their backup in the days to come. They will be able to protect their chat history from being accessed by any third parties by authorizing end-to-end encryption for backups. On the other hand, WhatsApp will also be able to use its 64-digit encryption key for confirmation.
The company asserted that neither WhatsApp nor the backup service provider including Apple and Google will have access to the end-to-end encrypted key and backups of users.
WhatsApp has been permitting users to retain their chat backups on Google drive in the case of Android phones and on Apple iCloud in the case of iPhones. But either way, the backups stored in the cloud are not protected by end-to-end encryption from the WhatsApp site. Herewith the data could be read by a third party. This is where the new end-to-end encrypted backups could be obliging.
Hardware Security Module (HSM) built by Whatsapp has based Backup Key Vault that will emerge when a user prefers a personal password to protect their chat backups. If in case a user is applying a 64-digit key instead of opting for the password option for their end-to-end encrypted backups, it will be mandatory for them to manually enter the key on the application to decode and access their backups.
Whatsapp brought end-to-end encrypted backups on its platform in July. Although there is no official word on its rollout the app was also found to be working on extending end-to-end encryption to local backups last month.
However, the end-to-end encrypted backups feature will reach beta testers on Android and iOS in the upcoming days.