WhatsApp wants to protect your conversations stored in the Cloud. The messaging application, owned by Facebook, has been working for a few weeks on a new security option that should come to fill one of these main weak points in terms of privacy protection. In the coming weeks, messaging will offer to secure the backups of your conversations stored in the Cloud by locking them using an end-to-end encryption system.
On iOS as on Android, the application can protect the backups of your conversations in two ways. You will be able to generate an encryption key composed of 64 digits to lock your discussions stored on iCloud and Google Drive.
This encryption key can be stored locally or in a password manager of your choice. You can also choose to create a password to save this encryption key in a secure online safe, developed especially for this use, by WhatsApp.
If you choose the latter option, you will not be able to access the key without entering your password. If you do not remember it, your encryption key is permanently lost, and the backup of your conversations with, WhatsApp not knowing your password.
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In addition, as soon as you activate backup encryption in the application, all previous backups made will be deleted.
By adding this new layer of security in its app, WhatsApp hopes to offer “Offer its users significant progress in the security of their personal conversations”. This new function should be deployed in the coming weeks in all the countries in which the application is available.
Source : TechCrunch