One of the world’s most popular social media platforms WhatsApp has just announced a new update that might just increase its security even more. The Social Media service will start rolling out a new end-to-end encrypted chat backup feature for specific beta iOS and Android testers soon.
According to sources, the new developments which are expected to roll out soon are reported to raise the level of security currently available on message backups. Online security and user privacy have been a major concern for WhatsApp and to improve the service’s personal privacy the CEO of Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent, Mark Zucker had taken to social media to announce that WhatsApp will be adding another layer of privacy and security which would be rolling out soon.
Furthermore, he also added, “WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage across operating systems.”
currently, the only option available for encrypted backups is on the cloud (Google Drive and iCloud) which is currently available to both iOS and Android users, however, this new end-to-end encrypted chat backup feature will be available on WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 and WhatsApp beta for iOS 184.108.40.206.
however, to use this feature, users will have to create a password that would be required to restore and access the backup in the future. And the company has also claimed that this new backup feature will protect the chat backups from third parties as well.
Earlier on Monday, thousands of users worldwide have started reporting that they were unable to access WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook services and this outage lasted for nearly six hours. “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.”