There is a big threat to the security and privacy of WhatsApp users. This most favorite instant messaging app of the users has a major flaw, so that any user’s chat can be easily read by cybercriminals. It’s true that WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted, but once backed up to iCloud or Google Drive, it can’t be considered completely secure.
Investigative agencies can access
Chats usually saved on the cloud to investigate a crime, investigative agencies access with a search warrant. In such a situation, it can be assumed that hackers can also easily access WhatsApp chats saved on iCloud or Google Drive.
Apple, Google’s arrangements are not enough
Apple and Google have made necessary arrangements for the safety of their users and due to this, the chats of users are safe to a great extent, but it cannot be called completely hacking proof. WhatsApp is understanding the seriousness of this matter. According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is currently working on a feature that will encrypt chats before they are saved to the cloud.
rolling out with the beta version, according to WABetaInfo, the name of this new feature of WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted backups. The company is rolling it out with Android beta version 18.104.22.168. WhatsApp beta users who have reached this update can back up their chats and media with encryption.
How does encryption work?
You need to set a password to encrypt WhatsApp chats and media. This password will be needed to restore the backup of chats. Without this you will not be able to restore your chat history. This password is private and is not shared with WhatsApp, Google, Facebook or Apple.