Whatsapp made a new agreement with Google Drive cloud service


Starting November 12, 2018, all WhatsApp Messenger data backups are automatically on Google Drive cloud service. The remote Storage is sent as correspondence from chats (except for secret) and media files, including photos and videos.

This way, attackers who have access to the user’s cloud storage will be able to copy their private data in the open.

To stop downloading data to the Google cloud, Android users need to open the “Chats ” section in WHATSAPP settings and disable the download of the backup to the Remote Storage. Similarly, owners of IOS devices that have their correspondence and files stored in ICloud can do the same.

At the same time, when you change the device when the backup function is disabled, messages in chats and uploaded files are lost. Unlike WHATSAPP, most other messengers store user data in encrypted form on their servers
There are a lot of different services in the world today that allows storing data “in the Cloud.” With this method of storage access to the information can be obtained from any electronic device, knowing only the login and password from the account. The problem is that many popular cloud storage facilities provide just a small amount of free space, while for all surpluses they require a fee. As it was found out, soon WhatsApp will provide all unlimited storage in Google Drive

According to official information from the developer’s blog, WhatsApp, which belongs to Facebook, has entered into a Google agreement. It will positively affect the popularity of the messenger. Being reported that all users of Google Drive service and the world’s most common service for communication will give unlimited storage “in the Cloud,” where you can store as many data as you want. Moreover, all this is entirely free.

To take such a step, the management of Facebook and Google decided because of the complaints of some active WhatsApp users, who assure that the size of their backups already reaches several gigabytes, resulting in they have to pay the paid cloud Store. The “search giant” will remove all backups saved automatically and not opened for more than one year from the cloud storage. It helps him cut costs.

However, when the WHATSAPP user data archives saved to the Google file store, the data will not be protected. “Important: A backup copy of your messages and media files on Google drive is not protected by WhatsApp-through encryption,” the developers warned. Users who want to use the new feature are encouraged to secure their Google account with a strong password and enable dual-proxy authorization.

Here are some steps you can follow to save your data easily.

1. Open the WhatsApp App “menu”;
2. Select the “Settings” section in it;
3. Select “Chats” in “Settings” and “chat backup” in it;
4. There you need to select “Create a backup copy” and follow the copy process.

The new feature is only available in an Android app on a smartphone that has a Google account connected to it. The version of WHATSAPP for IOS innovation is not concerned.

At the same time, when you change the device when the backup function is disabled, messages in chats and uploaded files are lost. Unlike WHATSAPP, most other messengers store user data in encrypted form on their servers