WhatsApp update offers ‘really big’ advance for billions of users

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WhatsApp has announced a major new update that it claims will make the world’s most popular messaging app fully encrypted.

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The Facebook-owned app, which has more than 2 billion active users worldwide, will offer password-protected backups of messages for both Android and iOS users.

With end-to-end encrypted backups, WhatsApp has fulfilled its mission of providing a fully encrypted messaging experience, which it introduced five years ago with end-to-end encryption as the standard for instant messaging. started by doing.

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The latest update provides an additional, optional layer of security to protect the backup of text, audio, images and videos stored on Google Drive or Apple’s iCloud.

“Neither WhatsApp nor your backup service provider will be able to read your backup or access the key required to unlock it,” the WhatsApp blog post said.

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“No other global messaging service at this scale provides this level of security for its users’ messages, media, voice messages, video calls and chat backups.”

A spokesperson said: “This is really a huge privacy advancement, especially at our scale … we believe it will provide our users with a meaningful advance in protecting their personal messages.”

This feature will be made available gradually, only users running the latest version of the app will be able to access it.

To create an end-to-end encrypted backup, WhatsApp users need to go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end encrypted backup, and then follow the prompts to create one.

The latest update comes amid a legal challenge by the citizens’ campaign group, which condemned the use of privacy-focused messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Signal by ministers and government officials.

Advocates of transparency claim that the use of such apps allows political figures to avoid scrutiny of decisions made during the Covid pandemic.

“Ministers should not rule by private messages which are then deleted,” said Labor deputy leader Angela Rainer. “This is completely undemocratic and an attack on transparency and accountability.”

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