6 Things You Need to Know as WhatsApp Rolls Out New Feature

6 Things You Need to Know as WhatsApp Rolls Out New Feature

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook Inc, on Thursday, October 14, announced a new feature rolled out to secure WhatsApp chats; end-to-end encrypted backups.

Zuckerberg posted on Facebook:

"End-to-end encrypted backups for WhatsApp starting to roll out today. Proud of the team for continuing to lead on security for your private conversations."
WhatsApp Rolls Out New Feature: 6 Things to Know
In this photo illustration, the WhatsApp logo seen displayed on a smartphone. Photo Illustration: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket
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Though WhatsApp chats are already encrypted, that is, it's only the sender and the receiver who have access to the chats, the new feature ensures the chats remain encrypted even when backed up on cloud servers, the internet messaging app company said.

The new feature improves WhatsApp's security and ensures users privacy, conversations, video calls, and voice calls dey secured.

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5 things about the new end-to-end encryption feature

  1. The new end-to-end encryption took effect on Thursday, October, 14
  2. It provides an extra security layer to back up your chats when you lose your phones
  3. The backed-up chats will be securely stored on Google Drive (Android users) or iCloud (iPhone users) with end-to-end encryption.
  4. You can secure your end-to-end encrypted backup with either a password of your choice or a 64-digit encryption key that only you know
  5. WhatsApp and your backup service provider ( Google Drive, iCloud, etc.) cannot read your backups or access the key to unlock the chats
  6. The new feature will be rolled out slowly to those with the latest version of WhatsApp

2 ways to read WhatsApp messages without letting senders know

In a previous piece, Legit.ng explained how WhatsApp users can read chats without letting senders know they have probably because they are busy and are not ready to reply.

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This can be achieved by disabling the “Read Receipts” feature. It is, however, important to note that this won't disable the read receipts for group chats or play receipts for voice messages. According to WhatsApp, there's no way to turn those settings off.

The second option is to read directly from the notification drawer. To enjoy this feature, users need to enable WhatsApp notifications on their mobile phone’s settings. This will ensure they are notified when a message is sent to them via WhatsApp.

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