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Gmail gets further encryption to protect your data from the NSA

Google has implemented HTTPS encryption across its Gmail service, starting today, in a move blatantly directed at keeping the NSA out of Gmail users' private communications. HTTPS encryption has been standard at Google since 2010, but now Gmail is receiving the same level of security between Google's own data centers.

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Google wants your Gmail communications to fly under the NSA radar. / © AndroidPIT/Google

One of the NSA's key strategies was intercepting communications between servers on Google's side of the fence and taking advantage of weaker protection once a message was actually received at Gmail. With this new security measure, Gmail messages, whether sent or received are encrypted all the way, even between Google's servers. This happens regardless of the device you're on or the kind of network you're connected to. As Gmail's Security Engineering Lead, Nicolas Lidzborski, states:

Today's change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers—no matter if you're using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet. In addition, every single email message you send or receive—100% of them—is encrypted while moving internally. This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail's servers, but also as they move between Google's data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations.

Are you happy to know Google is taking additional steps? How secure do you think your emails are?

Via: The Verge Source: Gmail Blog


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  • Sorin 9 months ago Link to comment

    I'm currently using Gmail that I am perfectly happy with. Now with the additional encryption I will have more confidence.

  • big deal. google stills tracks us and scans (opens) gmail in order to target advertisements to users

  • My1 Mar 21, 2014 Link to comment

    Looks not bad, as long as they dont give out the data through other ways (patriot act)

  • OK, so NSA won't be able to read the emails (at least not as easily). This just means that Google has free reign now. They need to go a bit further and I'm hoping they will.

  • Lalit
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    Mar 21, 2014 Link to comment

    Well, I am happy to hear this ! This shows why Google is loved among almost all of us.