Published by Arpin Gajjar,
How does it feel when there is an intruder in your privacy? It is something which really not appreciated and annoying in fact. Most of us would have come across a situation where there is someone who is trying to barge right into our privacy. It is something common when it comes to friends and families.
On the other hand, if we are aware of the fact that is someone else who is trying to affect our privacy, which is when things don’t go the right way. There are instances the systems are being hacked and the information is being retrieved and is being misused as well. What should one be doing to make sure that the information is not made available to unauthentic people?
Last year there was an update from WhatsApp, all the messages which were being exchanged on the app were in a readable form to the third parties and WhatsApp as well. When the firm figured out the problem, they decided to introduce an end-end encryption to make sure that they are safe.
The encryption of the messages will help the users to be sure with the fact that all the messages which they share are safe. It is evident that privacy is something which is ingrained in WhatsApp. No matter what, the company will make sure that the messages do not have to be known to anyone apart from the people involved in the conversation.
It has been one of the best ever updates which the app has seen so far. The number of hacking the systems is on the rise and this encryption feature of the app has come as a rescue. Now, there is a new update from the app for the iOS version of the app. It is said that the messages which are being backed up on iCloud also have an encryption to it.
Previously, the users were able to read the messages from their iCloud backup. But, now it is not the same anymore, all the messages which are backed up will have an encryption now as well. This move of the app is making sure that the hackers at kept at bay and all the messages are safe and secure.
When the iCloud accounts are encrypted, it that case, the person will be able to get an access to it with a decryption key. They will be able to get an access to the complete communication history. It is essential if the law authorities request for the access of the communication. On the other hand, this can be done even by a hacker, it at all they have the right decryption key.
At present, the encryption of the backed up messages on the iCloud storage will be readable only with a WhatsApp decryption key. In that way we can that, there is a two-time authentication to have an access to the messages. Whenever the chats are being backed up on the cloud, they will be sent in an encrypted format.
If the user wants to read through the backed up messages, they will need to enter the decryption key to unlock the messages. For time being, this encryption for the backed up chats is an application for all the iPhone users. There is no update on whether this applicable for the Android users as well.
The law authorities might find this to be out of place, as it is something which they are definitely not going to appreciate. They are aware of the fact of keeping the system safe and secure. But, it is important for them to make sure that the society is in safe hands. The social networking sites and WhatsApp have been accused by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd stated that these platforms give a place for the criminals to hide.
There was a terrorist attack in Westminster, London in the recent past, where almost 40 people were injured. It is said that the terrorist has used the messaging platform WhatsApp in the last moments before the attack. The main reason behind him using it was the encryption which the app has and the law authorities were finding it hard to get it decrypted.
It is said that the law is making efforts to get it decrypted and there are possibilities of them crack it. Apart from that fact, there are no details on how the complete encryption of the backup messages is going to be working.
For one to be able to unlock the backup, they need to know the passwords for the SIM and iCloud for the particular device. On the flip said, it is said that WhatsApp will be having the ability to the get the files decrypted as well, say the security experts.
At present, there is no access to the information of the user by iCloud but WhatsApp does have it. It up to the users to go ahead with this option or not, as some might acknowledge it and some might not. WhatsApp is at present generating and backing up all the essential information.
That indirectly means that the app will be actually having an access to the user data which is being shared on the platform with other contacts. One of the security experts made a request to WhatsApp, stating that it must be open with the complete way how the encryption works in its system.
It is important for the user to be aware of how the complete system of WhatsApp works. There is no dedicated page of WhatsApp where the users will be able to figure out the working of the app. If it is made available the security experts will be able to test it with how vulnerable it is as well.
On the other, there was a new update, it is said that a company which is good with hacking tools has the ability to surpass the encryption of the backed up messages on iCloud. It is something which might make the encryption the messages more susceptible to the vulnerability.
The company actually introduced software, where the encryption of the messages on iCloud can be bypassed. WhatsApp will be sending the key to the users in a text. Oxygen Forensics, the hacking company will be able to bypass it with the information of the SIM card with is connected to the account.
Apple by default has the accounts in the encrypted formats, the normal end-end encryption for made available to the messages alone. Now, it is been extended to the iCloud, where the chats of the backups are also encrypted to keep it safety and security. While the firm is trying its level best to have everything secure.
On the flip side, it made an update with the privacy terms, stating of sharing information with Facebook. It might seem to be contradicting, though it is not yet approved. If at all it is approved, then there will myriads of reactions from the users from around the world. So folks whoever is using iPhone and is backing up the files on iCloud, make sure that you are updated with the key to unlocking your files.