People are nowadays getting more privacy-conscious, meanwhile, WhatsApp has not shown its honesty regarding its user’s security over the chats and other stuff. This was the reason, why this widely used messaging service has lost millions of users at some point, due to its privacy breaching.
However, the company is now back on track and working on a number of new features to make your private chats more private and offer you an easy and secure experience. The company is working on making chat transfer possible between Android to iOS and it’s also bringing a function that’ll let you hide your Last Seen status from select contacts.
The Facebook-owned messaging service is working on another privacy-oriented feature called end-to-end encrypted backups. You would have seen the end-to-end encrypted chats in WhatsApp – this is what keeps your chats safe from everyone, including the back-end team of the company itself.
And now, the introduction of end-to-end encrypted chat backups that you make on your Google Drive will make your messages secure from Google and its employees as well. Thus, making WhatsApp a more secure and private ecosystem.
Every single backup you make on your Google Drive account will be encrypted with a randomly generated password called the encryption key. This key will be saved by a user locally or will be secured by a password. The encryption/decryption key is unbreakable, it is automatically deleted if a user puts a wrong password multiple times.
Facebook has officially announced to make the option that will allow users to create end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) backups. As it’s officially announced, we can expect this feature to arrive anytime soon.