WhatsApp, end-to-end encryption of backups rolled out

whatsapp encrypted backups

Last month, Mark Zuckerberg’s company officially unveiled the arrival of end-to-end encryption to better protect WhatsApp backups on iCloud and Google Drive. Today this new feature finally begins its roll out phase.

The messaging application already uses this type of encryption for chats but from today security and privacy will be better guaranteed even for backups. As indicated by the same Zuckerberg, the release will be gradual and will require the latest WhatsApp release. End-to-end encrypted backup will use either a user-chosen password or a 64-digit encryption key known only to the user.

We do not know at the moment to offer more precise details on the release timing for everyone. Facebook obviously states that the password, if lost, cannot be recovered, thus making the backup useless. To check if the function has been activated on your account you need to open WhatsApp, go to Settings> Chats> Chat Backup and check that the backup encryption is present. Otherwise you will just have to wait your turn.

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