WhatsApp offers end-to-end chat encryption, ensuring that only the sender and the recipient(s) can read what’s sent. The company also lets its users to back up their conversations on Google Drive to avoid losing them. However, those chat backups do not get the same level of protection. That may soon change though, as WhatsApp seems to be working on a new security feature.
The folks over at WABetaInfo have uncovered an upcoming WhatsApp feature in the latest beta release of the app. This new feature is called Password protect backups.
The feature is available in the Chat backup settings, and as the name suggests, it allows users to protect their WhatsApp chat backup on Google Drive with a password. Neither Google nor WhatsApp will be able to view its contents.
It goes without saying that restoring an encrypted backup will require you to enter the password. This feature can be turned on/off, though. So if you want to not password protect your WhatsApp chat backup on Google Drive, you can always do that.
This feature is currently in its alpha stage of development and isn’t available on the latest beta release. WABetaInfo have turned it on manually on WhatsApp beta v. 2.20.66.
WhatsApp might still make some changes to it before it’s public release. We should know more details about the feature in the coming days.
There’s no release time frame for this feature yet. It could take a good few months before the feature is rolled out to the public. The Facebook-owned company is yet to properly roll out the much-awaited dark mode to users globally.
WhatsApp Two-step verification
With over two billion users, WhatsApp is clearly the most popular messaging app in the world. The company regularly keeps adding new features on the platform to keep this huge user base intact.
It also offers some nifty security features. Two-step verification is one of those optional security features on WhatsApp.
This feature lets you protect your WhatsApp account with a six-digit PIN. Once you enable this feature, WhatsApp will ask for the PIN when registering your phone number again. WhatsApp will also keep asking for the PIN at periodic intervals to help you remember it.
WhatsApp Two-step verification is accessible through the Account settings. You may also opt-in to provide an email address for added security.
The email will be used to reset your PIN if you forget it. It also helps to safeguard your account. Note that WhatsApp does not verify your email address so make sure you’re entering the correct email.