Recently, WhatsApp and Google teamed up to facilitate users in free chat backups. However, this free new WhatsApp backup also came with a drawback that breaks end-to-end encryption and anyone can access your chat. WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption means that every message you sent and receive is secured and cannot be read by anyone other than the sender and receiver.
The chats on the phone are still protected but backups are not and anyone can see the texts and images being sent and received.
New WhatsApp Backup is more of a Trade-off Between Safety and Privacy
However, only Android users will face this problem as they have Google Play installed on their devices and is signed up by with a Google address. Well these backups can be deleted if users go to Google Drive and tap into manage app settings.
More important thing is that the firm’s help page also confirms that backups are not protected.
“Important: Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive.”
Backing up chats are also beneficial as it helps keeping them secure in case of any mishap such as losing or breaking of the phone, people will be able to restore them on the new one but we are still confused about the safety and privacy of this feature.
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