Google focuses quite a bit on security, despite its occasional goof up. For example, Gmail users have been using HTTPS encryption by default since 2010. Ever since the huge NSA leaks, Google has been working to make your email unreadable without a legal warrant. Now Google has improved Gmail’s security in response to the NSA news.
A tactic the NSA (or really any hacker) can use is to read your emails is to go in-between Google’s servers. This new security update encrypts those emails so that no one can read them while they’re moving between data centers. This has been Google’s priority since the NSA leaks first surfaced, so it’s good to see the feature finally being implemented.
Security is an issue that’s often taken too lightly in the tech industry. Companies like Snapchat pop up out of nowhere, amass a ton of users and prove that they don’t care about keeping their customer info private. Security should be taken very seriously, though, and should not burden the user. Google’s latest update fits both of those requirements. Are you happy to see this security feature implemented?