WhatsApp: they discover a terrible security problem when transferring your account to an iPhone 12

He iPhone 12 does not have a very good time weeks after its official launch. To the criticism because Apple will not include the charger and headphones is added a recent report that indicates problems of security when the user transfers his WhatsApp account to the new phone with 5G connectivity.

The report comes from Forbes writer Zak Doffman, who has discovered that WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption can be compromised when the account is migrated to a iPhone 12, through iCloud, Apple’s cloud.

In case you did not know, the instant messaging platform completely encrypts messages, photographs and content for reasons of security, which allows the sender and recipient to be the only ones who can see the information.

According to Zak, the problem is in iCloud, since when transferring the WhatsApp account to a device with iOS, in this case the iPhone 12, makes the copy of security depend on the Apple cloud.

In addition, the software advises that this copy of security, where all the conversation history is located, it is used only to restore messages on a new iPhone. “Backup your chat and media history to iCloud“the ad reads.

The point of this is that if the user loses their smartphone or switches to a new one, their chat history is safe, but there is great detail. The multimedia files and messages you make a backup, according to WhatsApp, they are not protected by the end-to-end encryption of the platform while on iCloud.

What does this mean? It means that when you migrate your WhatsApp account from an “X” device to iPhone 12 makes your entire conversation history, including multimedia content, accessible to anyone, as the data will not be protected by end-to-end encryption while in iCloud.

While Apple had a similar problem a few years ago, the Cupertino-based company has given no indication of providing any alternative for users to purchase a iPhone 12 can safely migrate their WhatsApp account without having to rely on iCloud.

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