(The Hosting News) – Yahoo! will turn on encryption by default for webmail users beginning January 8th, the company recently signaled.
The tech giant made its intentions clear in a message to The Washington Post. Yahoo! began offering SSL as optional in January.
“Yahoo takes the security of our users very seriously,” noted the company via its remarks.
SSL, otherwise known as “secure sockets layer,” provides users with a heightened level of security by designating data as “encrypted” when it transfers from the user’s screen to a company’s data center servers.
The security protocol was originally developed back in 1990’s by Netscape.
Yahoo! has fallen behind other tech providers in deploying SSL. On the other hand, Google initially made SSL a default standard for Gmail back in 2010 while initially offering it in 2008.
Meanwhile, a report from CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt noted that amid privacy concerns, the spy agency known as the NSA had found ways to circumvent SSL protection. Nonetheless, SSL does provide a significant increase in data protection.
In The Washington Post’s report, Christopher Soghoian, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU, express disappointment it’d taken Yahoo! so long to add SSL. “Yahoo’s glacial progress on this issue has been a gift to intelligence agencies around the world, who have been able to perform massive, dragnet-surveillance of Yahoo users’ unprotected emails,” Soghoian remarked via the report.
It’s highly anticipated that many tech analysts will applaud Yahoo!’s latest move, even if it is kind of late.