Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Build Apps 5x Faster
For Half the Cost
Enterprise Cloud Computing

On Force.com
World Wide Web
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
All Gmail Traffic Now Fully Encrypted, Google Says

All Gmail Traffic Now Fully Encrypted, Google Says
By Adam Dickter

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

"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 Wi-Fi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet," said Nicolas Lidzborski, Google's Gmail security engineering lead, in a post on the company's official blog.
 


All messages through Google's e-mail service will be encrypted to protect the privacy of senders and recipients, the technology giant announced this week.

Google didn't mention the National Security Agency or increasing concern about government monitoring of civilian communication and Internet use, but the announcement of automatic HTTP encryption is likely a response to recent revelations by major media organizations about U.S. domestic spying efforts.

Safe Transit

"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," said Nicolas Lidzborski, Google's Gmail security engineering lead, in a post on the company's official blog Thursday.

The New York Times in August reported that the NSA had access to "vast amounts" of Americans' e-mails and other communications, such as text messages, and routinely searched for keywords that might provide links to terrorists. Thus it would not only affect those who might have been communicating with people on government watch lists but even those who cited names and other information. The revelations came about as an apparent result of information leaked by former NSA contract employee Edward Snowden.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, or HTTPS, is a method that increases security by layering one type of protocol over another and is effective against so-called man-in-the-middle attacks because it authenticates Web sites and servers.

Lidzborksi's blog post noted the progressive level of encryption used by Google in the last few years. "Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 we made HTTPS the default," he wrote.

"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 Wi-Fi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet."

Google was one of the first first free e-mail providers to offer HTTPS encryption, notes Chester Wisniewski, a Canada-based senior adviser at Sophos, a cyber-security firm. "It's great that it is now being utilized for all users," he told us. But he cautioned that it is not a magic bullet.

"People must remember that this does not protect their actual e-mail messages though, it only encrypts the messages between them and Google," Wisniewski said. "The e-mails are still stored and transferred in clear text more often than not."

Take Precautions

Google recommends additional security precautions in its blog post, such as creating strong passwords and enabling two-step verification. More hints are available at Google's Security Center.

Yahoo announced last November that it also would encrypt all e-mail as well as customer data from other services by this summer.

"Yahoo has never given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency," wrote president and CEO Marissa Mayer, in a statement at the time. "Ever. There is nothing more important to us than protecting our users' privacy."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 World Wide Web
1.   Google Buys Contextual Image Startup
2.   Google IPO Began Decade of Big Bets
3.   Assange Talks of Leaving Embassy
4.   Russian Hacker To Be Held Until Trial
5.   Police: Be Careful What You Tweet


advertisement
OkCupid Experiments with Daters
Unethical without user consent?
Average Rating:
Russian Hacker To Be Held Until Trial
Prosecutors fear he would flee country.
Average Rating:
Google IPO Began Decade of Big Bets
And Larry Page wants to push further.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 
Premier FBI Cybersquad in U.S. To Add Agents
After helping prosecutors charge Chinese army officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring, the premier FBI cyber-squad is getting a boost.
 
Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China
Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged it has started to store encrypted iCloud personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, operated by the state-owned China Telecom.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees in Restructuring Plan
Faced with declining profits, Cisco is laying off up to 6,000 employees in the months ahead -- a whopping 8 percent of its global workforce. That's in addition to the 4,000 jobs Cisco cut last year.
 
Web Slows, Have Internet Routers Reached The Limit?
If you encountered problems connecting to the Internet on August 12, you weren't alone. Networking experts blame the wide-scale slowdown on outdated routing systems that are reaching their limits.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
Verizon Earns Top Rating in Mobile Network Comparison
A new report says Verizon Wireless was the top-performing U.S. cellphone service provider in the first half of 2014, on a nationwide and state-by-state basis, as well as in metro areas.
 
Sprint Comes Out with Data Guns Blazing
As its new CEO promised, Sprint has rolled out a new aggressively competitive price plan. The shared data plans promise twice the high-speed data and at lower prices than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.