Gmail announces it will only use HTTPS, will also encrypt all messages moving internally on Google’s servers

March 20, 2014

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    Taking to the official Google blog, the Gmail team has revealed that it is making a change to the way Gmail works, specifically it will now always utilize an encrypted HTTPS connection when you send or check email. Additionally, Google says that every email message you send or receive will be encrypted while moving internally between Google’s data-centers.

    Although HTTPS support has been the default since 2010, up until now you could turn it off if you so choose. So why make these changes? According to Google, the change is designed to protect its users by ensuring that “no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers.” In other words, Google says it will keep your email away from prying eyes every step of the way, whether you’re on a home network or public Wi-Fi.

    How good of a job Google actually does at protecting your emails is probably a matter of debate, especially considering they are currently utilizing 256-bit encryption instead of something like 2048-SSL. Still, it’s nice to see Google making changes to help better keep our data (and emails) secure.

    What do you think of the new changes, what else do you think Google should be doing to better protect our private emails and other data?

    Comments

    • cabbiebot

      I hope Ars Technica picks up on this. I always love reading what their tinfoil hat wearing google-hating readers leave in the comments.

    • Google

      and the NSA will have full access to the pipeline and keys.

      • MasterMuffin

        They don’t even need the keys :S

    • dleyland

      It may still not be the most secure, but it’s a big step in the right direction.

    • https://twitter.com/ninecent Vincent

      Another reason for me to totally switch from Yahoo! Mail to Gmail :D

      • RichardHClaybrooks

        lol have you been living under a rock?!? Yes! DO EET. Good move, gmail! http://num.to/562089882943

        • https://twitter.com/ninecent Vincent

          you’re right haha :) I’m using both of them but Yahoo is my primary.

    • Mitch P

      “…considering they are currently utilizing 256-bit encryption instead of something like 2048-SSL.” Seems you are misinformed regarding encryption technologies. Gmail uses both 2048 bit for SSL and 128 bit AES for symmetric encryption. Bottom line: Gmail employs high encryption!

    • districtjack

      I use gmail for one of my accounts. Encryption is a good thing. Who doesn’t like encryption?

    • Darcy Poe

      Google constantly keeps pushing the limits. This is a most welcome move. Does this mean I can do naughty dances for my sea-faring husband? :D

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