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WhatsApp allows users to encrypt chat backups to the cloud

By Cookie Monster - on 12 Sep 2021, 10:22am

WhatsApp allows users to encrypt chat backups to the cloud

WhatsApp just announced that it is offering users the option to secure their chat backups with end-to-end encryption before they are uploaded to the cloud. 

Over the next few weeks, WhatsApp users will see an option to generate a 64-digit encryption key which can be kept offline or in a password manager. Alternatively, they can create a password to backup the encryption key in WhatsApp's own Hardware Security Module (HSM) based Backup Key Vault.

It is important to note that if users lose or forget the 64-digit encryption key, WhatsApp will not be able to restore the chat backups. In addition, previous copies of the chat backups will be deleted once an encrypted backup is created.

Source: WhatsApp via TechCrunch

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