WhatsApp backups on Google Drive are not encrypted, open to hackers

WhatsApp had recently announced that starting Nov 12, all discuss and media backups to a Google Drive will not be counted towards a users’ Cloud storage quota. 

This was done probable after Facebook and Google inked a understanding to concede all WhatsApp storage in Google’s cloud to sojourn “free” and not eat into users’ accessible storage capacity.

So users can behind adult all a WhatsApp information they wish and not worry about upgrading their Cloud skeleton to support a volume. 

What many people might not realize is that subsidy adult their WhatsApp messages in Google Drive could presumably meant vouchsafing hackers review a messages and images contained inside. 

That’s since while a information is kept secure when it is in a phone, a backups in Google Drive are not encrypted and this is clearly settled in WhatsApp’s disclaimer that: “media and messages we backup aren’t stable by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive”.

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption means that messages we send are “jumbled up” en track to a dictated recipients, and usually a recipient’s device has a formula to unscramble a message. So, anyone perplexing to prevent a summary while it is being sent will not be means to review a content. 

But when WhatsApp sends a messages for backup to a Google servers, it is sent and stored in a entertaining format. This means that Google, and  anyone with antagonistic intentions, could presumably penetrate and perspective a content.  

However, this problem does not exist for Apple users as Forbes reported that WhatsApp had combined encryption to iCloud backups in late 2016. It is misleading because this confidence underline has not been extended for Android users as well. 

Users can go to Chat Backup settings to select how they wish to behind adult a information – manually or automatically – and how frequently it is to be done; either daily, weekly, monthly, or never during all. If a user decides to not have a backups on a Cloud anymore, they can undo them by going to Google Drive, selecting a choice “manage app” and undo WhatsApp from a list.

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