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Gmail is now encrypted between data centers to block out the NSA

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http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/20/5530072/google-encrypts-gmail-between-data-centers-to-keep-out-nsa

 

Google just announced that as of today, Gmail is more secure than ever before. And the company isn't hiding the fact that it's actively trying to stop the government from spying on your email activity. Google says that Gmail will now use a secure HTTPS connection whenever you check or send email, regardless of where you're accessing Gmail from — be it your home network or public Wi-Fi — or what device you're using. Google made HTTPS encryption the default for its users back in 2010, but it's continually making improvements wherever possible to keep out prying eyes.

 

As an added barrier between you and the NSA, Google is making another change: every single email message Gmail users send or receive will now be encrypted as it moves internally between the company's data centers. That would seem to defeat a popular strategy of the NSA, which involves the agency intercepting email messages as they move between data centers and servers. Google says this change became "a top priority after last summer’s revelations" from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

 

"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 Nicolas Lidzborski, who leads Gmail's security engineering. "As you go about your day reading, writing, and checking messages, there are tons of security measures running behind the scenes to keep your email safe, secure, and there whenever you need it."

 

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-Now uses a secure HTTPS connection whenever you check or send emails, whether it be from your home WiFi or public WiFi

-Every email being sent or received is now encrypted as it moves internally from one data center to another

(Defeats how the NSA was intercepting emails before.)

-These changes affect Gmail on all devices (computers, phones, tablets, etc.)

 

I'm very glad that I switched over from Yahoo to Gmail now. The NSA will more more than likely eventually find a way around this, but for now, we're safe. So I guess now we can say that Gmail is the best and most secure free email solution out there, huh?

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only for now....

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yay google cares about us

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A temporary fix

 

they'll get their grubby greasy hands in there again somehow.

yay google cares about us

google cares about your money and harvesting your data for their own use.

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I'd like to give the NSA a giant middle finger for this glorious occasion.

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google cares about your money and harvesting your data for their own use.

True, but this is also how Google operates. In all honesty, I don't care if Google uses my information, because they're bound by certain laws and they have to collect all of the data anonymously. I mean, of course I would like if they didn't, but since they're bound by certain laws, I really don't mind. The NSA was taking it too far though. 

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Gmail, the number one email service chosen by terrorists since 2014 :P

and high ranking foreign officials! 

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At least they're not secret about it.

 

A temporary fix
 
they'll get their grubby greasy hands in there again somehow.


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google cares about your money and harvesting your data for their own use.

Always reminds me of this:

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True, but this also how Google operates.

Is that really how they operate or is that how they intend to appear to operate? 

 

The leak is irrelevant if nobody knows about it and there are untraceable to marginal negative impacts. When it becomes a known issue it becomes a problem. 

 

I don't really think the issue is that the NSA could acquire that data, but that people know the NSA can acquire that data. That compromises Google's image, therefore financially. I don't think it affects them in any other way unless it is in disagreement with the philosophy of their long-term agenda. 

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"encrypted" nothing is secure on the internet.

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Good.  I still dont trust Google is blocking out the NSA.  But is this HTTPS or some kinda special HTTPS?  Because I've been using HTTPS everywhere for a while now

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A temporary fix

 

they'll get their grubby greasy hands in there again somehow.

Security measures are always an arms race.

 

If every company in the country implemented security measures like this, there'd be a lot less corporate espionage potential as well.

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Encryption doesn't really matter if Google just hands them the data when asked. I mean what are they suppose to say to the goddamn government? No? And that goverment won't make it hell for them to operate in which sugar coated reality?

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Security measures are always an arms race.

 

If every company in the country implemented security measures like this, there'd be a lot less corporate espionage potential as well.

just trying to dampen the celebration 

 

im that guy at the party

 

Encryption doesn't really matter if Google just hands them the data when asked. I mean what are they suppose to say to the goddamn government? No? And that goverment won't make it hell for them to operate in which sugar coated reality?

there's a difference. There's no problem with an agency asking for information on a couple of people now and then, as opposed to (I presume they were) hording all the things.

at least in the former situation Google can keep tabs on what information is being accessed.

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Is that really how they operate or is that how they intend to appear to operate? 

 

The leak is irrelevant if nobody knows about it and there are untraceable to marginal negative impacts. When it becomes a known issue it becomes a problem. 

 

I don't really think the issue is that the NSA could acquire that data, but that people know the NSA can acquire that data. That compromises Google's image, therefore financially. I don't think it affects them in any other way unless it is in disagreement with the philosophy of their long-term agenda. 

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Good, NSA has no right.... Those pieces of shit. I hope you read this and Know we all hate you. hahaha no lifer sitting in that chair.... go get some friends if you still have any. 

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1)Its encrypted when it moves between google's servers. There is nothing stopping the NSA from reading emails before they get to the server.(For example if they tap ISPs. In fact, i'm surprised none of the leaks talk about this. Taking data from an ISP is far more effective than trying to get data from individual website servers. I find it hard to believe they dont use ISPs as a source of data collection.)

2)Gathering from snowden's leaks, the NSA has some amazing decryption capabilities. It wont take long for them to decrypt it, if they want to.

3)We still dont know to what extent Google is required to provide data. If a court order says they must provide everyones emails to the NSA and they cant talk about it then we will never know.

 

As far as im concerned this is more of a smoke screen than anything that is truly effective. It is a step in the right direction, but unless we can secure the entire passage that data takes over the internet, there really isnt any way to stop the NSA.

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google cares about your money and harvesting your data for their own use.

 

True but they also care a little, at least most of the staff do. 

 

Now all we need is for comms between all email servers to be encrypted so when you send an email to a none Gmail account it cant just be picked up and read.

Next step after that is to improve the encryption to the point where its not financially viable to try and crack it as it would simply take too long

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Encryption doesn't really matter if Google just hands them the data when asked. I mean what are they suppose to say to the goddamn government? No? And that government won't make it hell for them to operate in which sugar coated reality?

If they were to make the demands for information public, it would make me love them [Google] again. It would also make the NSA look even worse.

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I like this but it won't stop NSA. If they want the information they'll get it.

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I just assume that they see everything. I sad to cut down on the more embarrassing aspect of my porn habits but other than that, im okay.

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