WhatsApp and Google recently struck a deal to ensure chat backups on Android wouldn8217;t eat into user8217;s Google Drive precious storage. However, WhatsApp wants people to know that backing up via the cloud storage locker comes at another cost – the security of users.
In support documents, WhatsApp has warned users that media and messages backed up in Google Drive do not benefit from the chat app8217;s usual end-to-end encryption. That should give users pause before backing up their photos, videos and text conversations because that data could be susceptible if hackers gain control of a Google Drive account.
The new rules on Google Drive storage quotas come into play on November 12. WhatsApp says backups that haven8217;t been updated in more than a year will be automatically removed from Google Drive storage. The company is advising users to manually back up any data before November 12.
Beyond the lack of end-to-end encryption, the liberation from Google Drive storage is a pretty decent deal for OneDrive users. Those videos and images are heavily compressed, but over the course of time they can still take up a fair share of cloud storage space.
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