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Google Encrypts Gmail Between Its Servers To Keep NSA At Bay

It’s a start.

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.


I just found a stationery store and bought a nice pen and some letter writing stock to communicate with some members of my family. That’s where I’m at with the trust issues these days.

Still, this is a good step to keep the NSA slightly out of the way in one area of our lives. Of course, Google is probably doing this because it prefers to be the Number One Creeper in your daily existence. Think of it as more of a Fatal Attraction concern for your privacy.

Better get home and check the pet rabbit.

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