WhatsApp is currently one of the most popular instant messaging apps in the world. The main reason for this is its end-to-end encryption feature. Because of this feature, the conversation done on WhatsApp remains safe. However, the weakness of this instant messaging app is that it is always under the scanner of hackers.
According to a recent report, there is a flaw in WhatsApp chats, using which hackers are targeting users through various types of viruses. Facebook has not yet found a solution to this flaw.
How does WhatsApp Security work?
As you know , the backup of WhatsApp chats is created on cloud storage. Hackers are easily extracting user information through the cloud. Android users’ chat backups are stored on Google Drive, while iOS users’ chat backs are uploaded to Apple’s cloud servers.
Chat backups are also difficult to access due to WhatsApp’s end-t0-end encryption feature. Photos and videos from chat backups can only be accessed by the sender and receiver. It is difficult for even the service provider to access WhatsApp messages.
How hackers are accessing user’s chats?
According to the report coming out, an expert told The Mirror that hackers can access user’s text messages by sending viruses to the cloud. These text messages are not protected through end-to-end encryption in the user’s Google Cloud, due to which hackers can access the user’s chats from here.
However, now the good news for the user is that WhatsApp is working on this user problem. According to the report, the company is now working towards adding a feature for users to do local backup of chats. This feature has been spotted by WABetaInfo.
The user will have to use a passcode or password for the chat backup done on the device. If, for any reason, users forget this password or passcode, they will have to enter a 64 digit recovery code. Then the locally backed up chat will be able to open.