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No snooping: Gmail messages are now encrypted

business Updated: Mar 22, 2014 00:36 IST
Google encrypted messages

To stop snooping on its users, Google has overhauled its Gmail service in a big way — encrypting every single email you send or receive.

According to the firm, “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 centres.”

Gmail now always uses an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email and it can not be turned off.

“No one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers,” the firm said in a statement.

Your email is important to you and making sure it stays safe and always available is important to us, Gmail engineering security chief Nicolas Lidzborski in a blog post.

As you go about reading, writing and checking messages, there are tonnes of security measures running behind the scenes to keep your email safe, said the firm officials.

According to Google, new change means that no one can listen in on your messages no matter if you are using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet.

The search giant has already begun scrambling most of the traffic at its websites as technology companies grapple with moves by US intelligence agencies to spy on what people are sharing online.

And similar moves have been announced by Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook to use encryption that limits the ability of a third party to read messages or emails.