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According to WEBetaInfo, WhatsApp testing end-to-end encryption for cloud chat backups. WhatsApp has been offering end to end encryption for chats and this did not cover the messages backed up to Google Drive or iCloud. The latest feature will be welcomed by people who are privacy-conscious.
The WhatsApp end-to-end encryption feature will be available as part of WhatsApp beta version 2.21.15. 5. Users will have to choose a password for encrypting future backups. They will be required to enter the password every time they restore the backup. The password will be private and will not be shared with other services such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Google, or Apple. Users can also go for a 64-digit encryption key instead of a password, but keep in mind you will never be able to restore your chats if you lose it.
You will need to take care of the encryption key as even WhatsApp will not be able to recover your chat in case you lose it. The encryption key is made up of numeric digits and lower case letters between a and f. You can secure your local backups as well using the key to prevent unauthorized access to your chats and store them safely wherever you want, without the risk of losing it or getting stolen.
The end-to-end encryption for cloud chat backups was temporarily paused after it was rolled out. It faced connectivity issues that resulted in it being pulled down, hopefully, it will offer a better user experience.
You can download the latest version of WhatsApp on Google Play Store.
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