Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg have announced publically that WhatsApp is going to get a major security update. WhatsApp cloud backups would now be end-to-end encrypted. This is one of the good news coming from the popular chatting app after a very long time.
This change seems a little hope from WhatsApp. Apple and Google had to give access to the servers of the cloud backups to law enforcement. This security update would not let any third party or law enforcement have access to the chats. The backups would be encrypted with no longer influence of any third party.
WhatsApp has been under fire for a few months due to its security updates which were no longer offering proper privacy. Whatsapp data had also been leaked in the past few months, which also added fuel to the fire. Ever since Facebook had been dealing with the mess as people started switching from WhatsApp to Telegram.
Announcement of Mark Zuckerberg:-
For the ads, Facebook was scrutinizing encrypted data. Mark Zuckerberg has revealed in a Facebook post that they have introduced end-to-end encrypted backups which are going to feature out soon. He stressed the fact that doing so was not an easy task and required an extreme technical framework.
He also mentioned that with this extra security protection, backups stored in iCloud or Google drive would be end-to-end encrypted.
The Facebook CEO did not forget to mention that Whatsapp is the only messaging app that is offering end-to-end encryption for both chats and backups.
Mark Zuckerberg said:-
“We’re adding another layer of privacy and security to WhatsApp: an end-to-end encryption option for the backups people choose to store in Google Drive or iCloud. WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage across operating systems.”
WhatsApp’s Encrypted Cloud Backup;-
WhatsApp revealed in a blog post that this security update would be an optional feature. Users would be able to secure their backup accounts through a generated key through user passwords or manual codes. The password keys would be stored within the Backup Key Vault. Users can have an access to their backups through the key by generating them from the vault or by themselves. Afterward, no third party could have the access to the backups.
Except for users, no one would have an access to the passwords or encryption key, not even WhatsApp. There is a hardware security module (HSM) on which the vault would be entirely based.
WhatsApp is positive about this security update and is bragging about it quite a lot. This feature is said to be rolling out soon. Time would tell How far would it go or be successful. Security agencies and governments of different countries might intervene in this scenario but till now they are quiet.
It seems like WhatsApp is trying hard to step up its game. It has recently announced its new privacy feature and now this. Let’s hope things work out well this time.