Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Let's encrypt...

This is interesting.
I do not know whether this is security-proof or not but news on the rapid increase of e-mail cloaked in encryption technology in social platform and emails such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook it seems shielding their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops.

Google and other companies are now automatically encrypting all e-mail.
However it doesn't mean they ensure confidentiality unless the technology is being used by both parties.

An analysis showed that  65 per cent of Google messages sent by its users were encrypted while delivered, meaning the recipient's e-mail provider also supports the technology.

That's up from 39 per cent in December. Incoming communiques to Gmail were less secure. Only 50 per cent of them were encrypted while in transit, up from 27 per cent in December.

Encryption reduces the chances that e-mail can be read by interlopers. The technology transforms the text into coding that looks like gibberish until it arrives at its destination.

Google and other internet services rely on a form of encryption known as Transport Layer Security, or TLS. Security experts say that encryption method isn't as secure as other options.

But encryption that is tougher to crack is also more complicated to use.

Gmail, with more than 425 million accounts worldwide, was one of the first free e-mail services to embrace TLS.

Yahoo, Facebook and AOL are also encrypting their e-mail services. Microsoft, whose stable of e-mail services includes the Outlook, MSN and Hotmail domains, has started encrypting many accounts as part of a transition that won't be completed until later this year.

Meanwhile, I think I'll start learning to encrypt -- my public yet 'personal' post on facebook first...if you know what I mean.

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