“Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive,” on WhatsApp’s FAQ section. They labeled it as ‘Important’ to read.
Since August 16 that WhatsApp has signed a new contract with Google in order to allow users to maintain their data backups on Google Drive without space limitations.
The company has urged its users to manually backup all their messages before November 12, else all the messages that have not been backed up for last one year would be deleted from the Google Drive.
This will be only applicable for Android users, however, Apple uses iCloud as the default for chat back up.
Here are some simple steps to back up your WhatsApp messages on Google Drive.
1) Open your WhatsApp, then click on the three dots on the top right side.
2) Click on Settings> then to Chats> and then you will see a Chat backup option. Here you will see your last backup date.
Pedro Tavares is a professional in the field of information security working as an Ethical Hacker/Pentester, Malware Researcher and also a Security Evangelist. He is also a founding member at CSIRT.UBI and Editor-in-Chief of the security computer blog seguranca-informatica.pt.
In recent years he has invested in the field of information security, exploring and analyzing a wide range of topics, such as pentesting (Kali Linux), malware, exploitation, hacking, IoT and security in Active Directory networks. He is also Freelance Writer (Infosec. Resources Institute and Cyber Defense Magazine) and developer of the 0xSI_f33d – a feed that compiles phishing and malware campaigns targeting Portuguese citizens.
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