WhatsApp will give customers the option of end-to-end encryption for backing up conversations
End-to-end encryption actually ensures that messages and calls remain only between the callers and that no other party can read, hear and see them.
This feature on WhatsApp will be available on Apple’s iOS and Android phones in the coming weeks. WhatsApp has two billion users globally.
India is one of the biggest markets for the company bought by Facebook in terms of WhatsApp usage. The company has 53 crore users in the country, according to the figures disclosed by the government earlier this year.
This is considered a significant step, as currently WhatsApp uses Google Drive to store backups on Android mobile phones and the backups are not end-to-end encryption, allowing someone else to access them.
To solve this challenge, WhatsApp is working on a feature that will enable end-to-end encryption of backups.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday that another layer of privacy and security is being added to WhatsApp, with an end-to-end encryption option for backups that people choose to store in Google Drive or iCloud.
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