Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday that WhatsApp has built hidden end-to-end backups and will soon begin unveiling this additional layer of privacy and security protection for users.
“Add another layer of privacy and security to WhatsApp: the end-to-end encryption option for people who choose to keep it in Google Drive or iCloud. a very complex technology that requires a completely new framework for key storage and cloud storage throughout the application, “Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook page.
WhatsApp has more than two billion users worldwide and more than 400 million in India. These users send over 100 billion messages a day.
Encryption is the practice of data irritation so that it is not even heard by service providers. Keeps conversations private, and end-encryption means that only the intended sender and recipient can see the messages being sent.
The biggest problem with question about WhatsApp chat backups is that these are stored with third-party cloud providers such as Google (Drive) or iCloud.
“Prior to the launch of the encrypted backups, backups stored on Apple iCloud and Google Drive were not protected by WhatsApp encryption.
We now offer the ability to secure your backups with encrypted encryption before uploading to these cloud services, “WhatsApp said in a paper describing the technology based on this new update.
It also explained, “With end-to-end encryption enabled, before storing backups in the cloud, the client encrypts chat messages and all message data (i.e. text, photos, videos, etc.) backed up using a random key generated on the user’s device.
Backup key is secured with User-provided password. The password is unknown to WhatsApp, mobile device partners, or any other third party. “
WhatsApp will release this as an optional feature and in the coming weeks we will be releasing this for iOS and Android users.
To enable end-to-end backup backup, WhatsApp has developed an entirely new encryption key storage system that works on iOS and Android.