(The Hosting News) – Google is adding more security protections for its users to ensure that their e-mail messages are safe from spying eyes, announced the company on Thursday.
According to a blog post from Google, Gmail will now be encrypted with HTTPS, a security measure that will keep unwanted users from intercepting messages you send or receive through Wi-Fi, tablets, smartphones, or personal computers.
“In addition, every single email message you send or receive—100% of them—is encrypted while moving internally,” said Lead Gmail Security Engineer Nicolas Lidzborski. “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.”
This announcement comes days after the NSA’s top lawyer told the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board that the agency had been collecting data from companies in an Internet surveillance program called PRISM and that the tech companies, including Google, had “full knowledge” of the program.
“It’s really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that’s true. The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people’s privacy, it’s not OK,” said Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to The Wall Street Journal. “The Snowden revelations have assisted us in understanding that it’s perfectly possible that there are more revelations to come.”