Frantic time for developers of WhatsApp which, after implementing new speeds for message playback, now aim to make backups safer, as evidenced by some screenshots and information that suggest the arrival of backup with end-to-end encryption su Google Drive. Thanks to colleagues from WABetaInfo we learn that the version that should carry this function would be the 18.104.22.168.
Here comes the encryption for WhatsApp backups on Google Drive
By virtue of this implementation the backups uploaded to Google Drive they will be even more secure, completely anonymous and protected by a password that will not be saved by the application servers nor by those of the social networks belonging to the same family of apps (see Facebook or Instagram) but to which only users can access. It is the password itself that allows access to encrypted backups since, without it, the latter would be completely unusable.
The choice of the password will not be final as it will always be possible to change it or completely disable the end-to-end encryption of the backup in the application settings. If, when restoring a backup, you realize that you have lost or forgotten your password, it seems that WhatsApp does not provide any type of recovery of the same.
Nonetheless, the instant messaging app should be able to provide the ability to create one recovery key to be able to access your backup protection password again.
The feature is currently under development on the beta channel of WhatsApp but we will keep you updated in case it lands on the stable version.