WhatsApp is putting encrypted cloud backups to the test on Android.
When you use WhatsApp, your messages are encrypted from beginning to end, making it difficult for prying eyes to see what’s in them as they go back and forth. Authorities can use a search warrant to force Google Drive or iCloud to hand over access to your data if you keep a backup in the cloud. However, WABetaInfo earlier revealed that WhatsApp is working on a technology that would allow you to encrypt your backups in the cloud independently and that the system has been activated in the most recent Android beta release (22.214.171.124).
What does the year 2020 signify for encryption?
Opting in should keep your chat history and media safe, with the proviso that if you forget your passcode or lose the 64-digit recovery key, they’ll be permanently locked away, and even WhatsApp won’t be able to assist you to get back in. If you don’t mind being on your own in that regard, all you have to do now is join the beta test group or wait for it to become available to the general public.
The Facebook-owned service is also experimenting with a version of the software that works across various devices and maintains end-to-end encryption regardless of whether or not you’re using a phone. If you’re a beta tester, double-check your version, as social media reports indicate that the closed encryption testing is expanding to include more people.
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