Alnoor M Peermohamed
16:14 21st Mar, 2014
Google's Latest Gmail Update Promises To Keep The NSA Out Of Your Inbox | TechTree.com
Google's Latest Gmail Update Promises To Keep The NSA Out Of Your Inbox
Google's not so subtle way of telling the NSA that users don't want them poking around their private messages.
Google has announced two major security updates for Gmail that should help keep snooping intelligence agencies and miscreants out of your inbox.
In an official blog post, the company said that from now on it will make the HTTPS connection mandatory when checking or sending emails. Google had made the more secure HTTPS browser connections default back in 2010, but the user could disable the feature.
Google claims that after the update, nobody can listen in on user messages travelling back and forth from Google's servers. Secondly, Google will now encrypt all messages routed through the company's data centres.
The company has been quite explicit about why the second update was so important. It mentioned that it became a priority after “last summer’s revelations”. Clearly, the search-giant was hinting at American NSA (National Security Agency), which was reportedly involved in snooping on user information as it travelled between data centres.
"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," said the company.
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