WhatsApp allows you to back up your chat history to iCloud, but the messages and media contained in the chat backup are not encrypted from end to end. For the uninitiated, end-to-end encryption adds an extra layer of security to your data, preventing unauthorized access. As a result, only you and the person you are communicating with can access the data.
Since Apple owns iCloud, the security of your private messages is at its mercy. Although the Cupertino-based giant is relatively more reliable in providing privacy than its rivals, it does not encrypt iCloud data, meaning hackers or law enforcement agencies can gain access to your backed-up WhatsApp chats.
A sensational iCloud hack could also potentially allow perpetrators to access your personal information. In short, WhatsApp has fixed a long-standing security vulnerability, which should give you extra peace of mind.
How to Encrypt and Password Protect WhatsApp Chat Backup in iCloud on iPhone
First make sure you have updated WhatsApp to the latest version. If you haven’t already done so, go to the App Store and tap your profile in the upper right corner. Now find WhatsApp and tap Update. After installation, follow the quick steps below.
Step 1: Open up WhatsApp on your iPhone.
Step 2: Now tap Settings the tab located in the lower right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Then select Chat.
Step 4: Touch Chat Backup.
Step 5: Select End-to-end encrypted backup.
Step 6: Now tap Go on and create a password or key. Be sure to remember this, otherwise you will not be able to restore your backup. You can use a seven-character password or a 64-digit encryption key.
Finally, be sure to tap Done for confirmation. Now, sit tight until your comprehensive WhatsApp chat backup is prepared. For trouble-free backup, I would recommend that you connect your iPhone to a power source.
Note that if you have iCloud Backup enabled on your iPhone, an unencrypted version of your chat history will be automatically backed up to iCloud. If you would rather back up your WhatsApp conversations and end-to-end encryption media on your iPhone, disable iCloud Backup.
So that’s how the new end-to-end encrypted backups of WhatsApp on iOS work. As someone who puts privacy first, I believe that messages deserve an uncompromising shield against intrusion.
Still, what do you have to say about this new feature? Be sure to share your opinion on this and the kind of improvements you want to see in this popular messaging app.
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