WhatsApp is one of the most used instant messaging apps in the world and it is owned by Facebook. WhatsApp is used for sending instant messages using the internet.No third person can see their messages except for the users since they are end-to-end encrypted. It is moving a step ahead by working on its technology to encrypt the users’ WhatsApp backups to the cloud.
This has been a major concern for users lately. Recently, the WhatsApp development monitor called WABetInfo reported that the encrypted cloud system has been enabled on the recent beta update of android (22.214.171.124).
In the current version, WhatsApp backups are stored on Google Drive or iCloud of its respective users which are not encrypted. This means whoever has an authorized legal warrant can get a hold of the data. When these end-to-end encrypted backups are enabled, the user has to secure them with a password or a 64 digit code to restore them. This password will not be shared with anyone including WhatsApp, Facebook, and cloud companies like Google and Apple.
However, the problem here is if at all the user forgets the password or the 64-digit code, the backup cannot be restored forever and even WhatsApp cannot help in this case. This feature is still in the testing phase and it would take some time to be available for everyone.
The Facebook-owned company is also working on its most awaited feature multi-device login with end-to-end encryption without using your phone. With this added secured cloud backup testing, WhatsApp is trying to be on the top of gaining people’s trust.
Though the messages are end-to-end encrypted we can’t say that Watsapp is safe as it is an open secret that many social media companies who are giving their services for free sell the user’s data to various companies, who as a result post personalized ads on the user’s profile.