After introducing end-to-end encryption in mobile chats last year, WhatsApp has silently added new security features to its iCloud backup feature. The iCloud backup encryption has been a feature for some time but it has come out in the open only now. The messages and chats in iCloud backups are uploaded on Apple servers.
“Without any fanfare, it added a unique encryption key created by the WhatsApp app, rather than just relying on the iCloud Drive to protect customer data,” the report added. This comes on top of the end-to-end encryption rolled out for one billion WhatsApp users on mobile platforms. “When a user backs up their chats through WhatsApp to iCloud, the backup files are sent encrypted,” a WhatsApp spokesperson was quoted as saying.
WhatsApp is not taking a break in adding newer features to the platform. Right after adding a new ‘FixedSys’ font for iOS and Android users, the company will add the ability to share all kinds of files, public invitations links and QR codes for WhatsApp groups. WhatsApp will also add the newly introduced 70 emojis submitted by Unicode Consortium last month. Apart from that, keeping the importance of cyber security, WhatsApp will introduce two-factor authentication to the popular messaging platform. This will work through e-mail and you can also change the recovery email using WhatsApp web.
The option to change chat backgrounds with solid colours is now accessible for WhatsApp Web users. The mention feature is also pegged to arrive soon on the app. However, despite the feature working as intended, WhatsApp needs to recover the notification system to accommodate notifications for mentions along with the usual WhatsApp text and call notifications. WABetaInfo dug through the code from WhatsApp Beta versions and reported about the possibility of these features along with some hidden features.