WhatsApp is stopping at nothing in its efforts to guarantee its users across board a safe usage experience. The instant-messaging service which is owned by Facebook has quietly added end-to-end encryption to Whatsapp chats backed up on iOS cloud storage platform, iCloud. This is coming one year after WhatsApp launched end-to-end encryption for all forms of communication between users on all the platforms it’s active on, Android and iOS inclusive.
What this means is that backups hereafter done from WhatsApp to iCloud will be sent encrypted, according to a WhatsApp Spokesperson.
According to a Forbes report, the iCloud backup encryption feature has actually been operational in WhatApp iCloud backups since late 2016, and it was only brought to the spotlight after a Russia-based forensic firm named Oxygen managed to bypass it.
If you’re still in the dark as to what end-to-end encryption is, what it means is that when messages are encrypted end-to-end, those messages are locked with only the sender and the recipient having the special key needed to unlock and access them.
It’s a good thing to see that the companies that literally have access to our personal data on a daily basis are taking extra steps to ensure that this data is safe from the prying eyes of hackers online, and even government officials. An example is Twitter facing up to the U.S. government earlier this year when the latter tried to discover who was behind a Trump-trolling Twitter account.