WhatsApp: How do I protect my backups with a password?

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WhatsApp claims two billion users worldwide. The instant messaging application acquired by Facebook in 2014 continues to evolve to better meet the needs of users. Recently, WhatsApp deployed the famous dark mode in its beta, but that’s not the only new feature planned for the coming weeks. WhatsApp is also looking to enhance the security of chat backups.

Currently, WhatsApp automatically backs up your chats directly to your smartphone. This backup is typically done overnight. It is also possible to back up your conversations in the cloud using Google Drive. This data is usually unreadable as is, but there is software available that can recover some of the information from these backups. The chat application wants to go one step further by offering to protect your chat backups.

This means that no one will be able to retrieve your data without a password (not WhatsApp or Google). It also assumes that you will not have to forget your password if you want to do a restore.

This new feature was spotted by the WABetainfo site in the beta 2.20.66 of the application. According to the site, the protection feature would not be enabled by default. Here is the procedure to follow:

Install Whatsapp beta 2.20.66 and go to Settings > Discussions > Save Discussions.

At this time, it is not known when this new option will be implemented in the stable version of WhatsApp. The feature is still under development and WhatsApp will likely make further enhancements in the meantime.

Source: WABetainfo

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