According to Facebook announcement WhatsApp Messenger has began rolling out its end-to-end encryption backup to Apple users for iPhone. Before now, WhatsApp could let it users back up their chat history to iCloud, leaving the contained messages and media unprotected while in Apple’s cloud server.
However, with Apple holding the encryption keys for iCloud, an unauthorized iCloud infiltration could potentially leave granted access to every WhatsApp messages backed up in it.
In recent times now, Apple iPhone users can establish a password or 64-bit security key for their cloud-based backups whether or not there are been stored on icloud or Google Drive.
In the announcement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that users could generate a pass key of their respective choices or a 64-digit encryption key that will only be knowledgeable by them thus to give them right access to their respective WhatsApp chats and media backups.
While end-to-end encrypted messages you send and receive are stored on your device, many people also want a way to back up their chats in case they lose their phone. Starting today, we are making available an extra, optional layer of security to protect backups stored on Google Drive or iCloud with end-to-end encryption. No other global messaging service at this scale provides this level of security for their users’ messages, media, voice messages, video calls, and chat backups.–Facbook CEO Mark Zukarberg
You can now secure your end-to-end encrypted backup with either a password of your choice or a 64-digit encryption key that only you know. Neither WhatsApp nor your backup service provider will be able to read your backups or access the key required to unlock it. – He said adding
Encrypted WhatsApp chat backups will moderately be issued out to over two billion users on cross device OS platform and will be available in every area where WhatsApp is allowed to operate.
How To Enable End-To-End Encrypted Backups
With the new update on cloud backup been rolled out here is how to enable it for your device
- First Open Settings.
- Tap Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup.
- Tap Continue, then follow the prompts to create a password or key.
- Tap Done, and wait for WhatsApp to prepare your end-to-end encrypted backup. You might need to connect to a power source as we do not know the amount of time this could take.
Apple iCloud+ Private Relay Encrypted Browsing
With WhatsApp chat encryption rolling out to iphone users, its also interesting to note that Apple will not be making its upcoming iCloud+ Private Relay encrypted browsing feature accessible to users living under certain authoritarian arrangement, including users in China, Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkmenistan, Uganda, and the Philippines. According to Apple, “regulatory reasons” of this region is what’s preventing the Private Relay access from rolling out in those areas.