The popular worldwide messaging app WhatsApp, is all set to introduce its latest feature named ‘Password Protection’, which will save backup chats.
Baaghi TV: WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging application, with more than 2 billion monthly users. This app, owned by Facebook, is constantly coming up with new features for its users which are available to beta testers before reaching the general public.
Although WhatsApp chats are secret between the sender and the recipient, no one else can see it. However, this protection does not occur in secure online backups on Google Drive and iCloud.
However, given this need, WhatsApp is now working on a new feature to protect your cloud backup, named ‘Password Protection’. This feature will be available for Android and iOS users to save backup chats.
In order to prevent unauthorized access to your iCloud Drive backup, users can now configure a password that will secure future backups, says WhatsApp monitoring website Info Beta. A password will be required whenever the user restores backup chats.
• The chat database is already encrypted now (excluding media), but the algorithm is reversible and it's not end-to-end encrypted.
• Local Android backups will be compatible with this feature.
The chat DB and media will be encrypted using a password that only you know. https://t.co/WAliLUnF18
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 8, 2021
Whenever someone tries to access the backup chat, WhatsApp will not immediately give access without verification by phone number. However, the user will need to remember their password as there is no recovery facility in case of forgetting the password and this has been done to secure the backup chats.
Previously, backup security was the responsibility of cloud service providers who in the past only made it accessible to law enforcement agencies with valid search warrants. However, it will not be possible to do so after password protection.
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