Whatsapp is reportedly working on improving the cloud security of your chat backups with a password encryption feature according to a Tweet by @WABetaInfo. This feature is needed because messages stored on the cloud are set to get a little more secure.
The feature will allow users to lock their online chat backups stored on Google Drive or iCloud including any media stored with a password. It will also prompt users for the password when restoring their backup to a new device. WhatsApp already has end-to-end encryption between users in a conversation, but that security doesn’t extend to older chats stored on Google or Apple’s servers.
“To prevent unauthorized access to your iCloud Drive backup, you can set a password that will be used to encrypt future backups,” one of the screenshots reads. “This password will be required when you restore from the backup.” The app then asks the user to confirm their phone number, and select a password that’s at least eight characters long. Another screenshot warns that “WhatsApp will not be able to help recover forgotten passwords.”
Despite the upcoming change to its privacy terms, WhatsApp’s newer features have focused more on user security. WhatsApp’s competitors have already initiated ways of attracting users to their platforms. Telegram recently added a feature for users to export their WhatsApp chats to Telegram.
It’s unclear when WhatsApp’s encrypted chat backups feature will be available.