WhatsApp now encrypts cloud backups of chats for iOS and Android

The WhatsApp chat application started encrypting backups of the messenger’s chats for iOS and Android on October 14. The feature will slowly roll out to users of the latest ve

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These updates will help protect cloud copies of WhatsApp with a password or 64-character encryption key, The Verge said.

In theory, this means that only the user will be able to access the backup.

Facebook stressed that extending the encryption function to cloud copies will provide WhatsApp users with an additional layer of security.

WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption by default to the messenger five years ago. It, according to the company, protects more than 100 billion messages a day, when they are transmitted between more than 2 billion users.