WhatsApp Beta for Android adds a feature to make backups safer

Frantic period for WhatsApp developers who, after implementing new speeds for replaying messages , now aim to make backups more secure, as evidenced by some screens and information that suggest the arrival of backups with end-to-end encryption on Google Drive. Thanks to the colleagues of WABetaInfo we learn that the version that should bring this function as a dowry would be 2.21.10.2.

Here comes the encryption for WhatsApp backups on Google Drive

By virtue of this implementation, the backups uploaded to Google Drive will be even more secure, completely anonymous and protected by a password that will not be saved by the application servers nor by those of the social networks belonging to the same app family (see Facebook or Instagram) but which only users will be able to access. It is the password itself that allows access to encrypted backups since, without it, the latter would be completely unusable.

The choice of the password will not be final as it will always be possible to change it or completely disable the end-to-end encryption of the backup in the application settings. If, when restoring a backup, you realize that you have lost or forgotten your password, it seems that WhatsApp does not provide any type of recovery of the same.

Despite this, the instant messaging app should be able to provide the ability to create a recovery key to be able to access your backup protection password again.

The feature is currently under development on the beta channel of WhatsApp but we will keep you updated in case it lands on the stable version.

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