WhatsApp has begun rolling out finish-to-finish encryption for iCloud and Google Drive backups, months right after the Facebook-owned messenger app initial carried out internal tests.
WhatsApp announced last month that it would roll out finish-to-finish encrypted cloud backups for iOS and Android. The feature, an opt-in choice, will assistance customers protect against third parties from accessing their backup. The business has claimed that the update would also guard chat history stored in backups.
Announcing the rolling out of the finish-to-finish encryption for cloud backups, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote: “End-to-end encrypted backups for WhatsApp starting to roll out today. Proud of the team for continuing to lead on security for your private conversations.”
The feature will be steadily rolled out globally for iOS and Android to provide an further safety layer for cloud backups.
WhatsApp has been giving finish-to-finish encryption as a default choice for messages on the platform considering the fact that 2016. However, the feature was not out there for chat and media content backed up in the cloud.
“Starting today, we are making available an extra, optional layer of security to protect backups stored on Google Drive or iCloud with end-to-end encryption,” WhatsApp mentioned in its weblog about the feature.
“If someone chooses to backup their chat history with end-to-end encryption, it will be accessible only to them, and no one will be able to unlock their backup, not even WhatsApp. Neither WhatsApp nor the backup service provider (like Apple) will be able to access their end-to-end encryption key or their end-to-end encrypted backup.”
Enabling finish-to-finish encryption
The newest update is steadily getting rolled out for each iOS and Android. Having the newest version of WhatsApp on the device is mandatory to get the update.
Unlike the default finish-to-finish encryption, the encryption for cloud backups wants to be enabled manually from the Settings web page.
On the Setting web page, tapping on Chats > Chat Backups > End-to-End Encrypted Backups and then following the screen prompts will allow the feature. A password or a 64-bit encryption crucial will be necessary for the backup.