Google adds enhanced encryption technology to Gmail

The Silicon Valley giant has made the move with an intention to keep the U.S intelligence agency NSA at bay.

Published Date
21 - Mar - 2014
| Last Updated
21 - Mar - 2014
 
Google adds enhanced encryption technology to Gmail

Google has announced that Gmail is more secure and safe for its users as the company has started using an encrypted HTTPS connection for all its users w.e.f Thursday. The change is said to affect more than 425 million users of Gmail.

Google says, "Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 we made HTTPS the default. 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."

The move is said to ensure that the messages of its users are safe not only when they move between the users and Gmail servers, but also when they move between Google's data centers. Such a move is said to be intended at defeating a popular strategy of the NSA, which involves the intelligence agency intercepting emails as they move between data centers and servers. The internet giant says, "Every single email message you send or receive—100% of them—is encrypted while moving internally."

"As you go about your day reading, writing, and checking messages, there are tons of security measures running behind the scenes to keep your email safe, secure, and there whenever you need it." says Nicolas Lidzborski, head of Gmail's security engineering.

Recently, documents leaked by ex-contractor of the NSA Edward Snowden stated that the NSA was planning to infect "millions" of computers with a malware called TURBINE. The agency later denied carrying out any such operation.

Source: Google