WhatsApp recently tested end-to-end encrypted cloud backups. A report says that this change is being offered to beta testers on Android and iOS platforms. The new update of WhatsApp aims to protect the backups stored in Google Drive and iCloud by giving users the option to encrypt. This process adds extra security to media files stored in news history and WhatsApp backups. Instant messaging processor has redesigned the app’s contact information section on Android, which will soon be available to individual beta testers.
WABetaInfo, a website that monitors WhatsApp beta versions, has announced that it has begun testing end-to-end encrypted cloud backups with WhatsApp for iOS beta version 184.108.40.206 for Facebook-owned messaging processor iOS users. WhatsApp is said to have started developing an end-to-end encrypted backup option for selected beta testers via WhatsApp for Android beta version 220.127.116.11.
Last month, WhatsApp announced end-to-end encrypted cloud backups as an option to allow users to back up their news history and media files available on Google Drive and iCloud. The announcement comes months after the WhatsApp feature was tested locally. However, the instant messaging application does not provide a deadline for end users when this option is available.
By enabling end-to-end encrypted backups, you can protect your news content backed up on WhatsApp from third parties — including their cloud service for storing backups, including Google and Apple. WhatsApp has also stated that even its team could not access the content of the encrypted backups from the end.
Keep in mind that users need to remember the password they use to add a new layer of security to their backups. If a user forgets their password and loses their phone, the encrypted backup will not be restored.
WhatsApp also demonstrated the option of using end-to-end encryption layers in backups using a 64-bit encryption key instead of creating a new password. Screen shots shared by WABetaInfo suggest that encryption key support is not yet available for beta testers on Android. Gadgets 360 could not detect updates in the latest WhatsApp beta for Android devices.
With end-to-end encrypted backups, WhatsApp was found to test the redesigned contact info section for Android users, where users will receive chat, audio and video buttons below the profile photo of their contacts. WABetaInfo shared a screenshot to suggest a redesign. Some specifications of the update are said to be part of WhatsApp for Android Beta 18.104.22.168, although changes have not yet been made to the latest beta release.
Previously, WhatsApp was found to work on a redesigned contact / group card interface on Android. The card also has a chat, audio and video buttons below a contact or group profile photo.