After the revelations by former employee of the CIA and former contractor for the NSA Edward Snowden that the NSA has been trying to intervene Google and Yahoo data centers. And to uphold the confidence of users in their services, tech giants are distancing from the agency as well as denying involvement in the course of actions.
Consequently, Google has announced that it’s mandatory to use HTTPS connection on Gmail. Additionally, all sent and received Gmail messages will be encrypted now.
“Your email is important to you, and making sure it stays safe and always available is important to us,” Nicolas Lidzborski, Gmail’s security engineering lead, wrote in a blog post.
In 2010, the Californian group integrated the default standard (HTTPS) for everyone using its email service, but optional that lets you enable/disable the secured connection. Starting from today, there’ll be no option to disable HTTPS on Gmail to ensure the highest security possible. It will also keep the messages and your personal data safe from prying eyes.
“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,” Lidzborski wrote.
However, it doesn’t seem sufficient in the context of PRISM. According to Snowden, there’s no protection or encryption that can withstand, and the NSA can overcome almost all the barriers and put hands on your personal data stored on data servers of big names of Silicon Valley including Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo.
The Mountain View group has also talked about the reliability of its service with guaranteed uptime equal to 99.978% in 2013. In other words, Gmail has remained inaccessible for less than two hours throughout the last year.