Reports indicate that WhatsApp is working to increase the security of its cloud backups with a new password protection feature that encrypts chat backups, making them only accessible to the user.
The “WABetaInfo” platform reported the feature, which is still under development since last year, but yesterday it shared screenshots of how it was presented in service applications via “iOS” and “Android”.
And one of the screenshots says, “You can set a password that is used to encrypt future backups in order to prevent unauthorized access to the iCloud Drive backup.”
According to the information, the application asks for the password when restoring from the backup copy, with the user asking to confirm the phone number and choose a password consisting of at least eight characters.
Another screenshot warns that WhatsApp will not be able to help recover forgotten passwords.
Although WhatsApp conversations are end-to-end encrypted, which means that they are visible to the sender and recipient only, the service warns that this protection does not extend to online backups stored through Google Drive and iCloud.
After accessing these servers, the responsibility for backup security rests with the cloud service providers, who in the past made them accessible to law enforcement.