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Yahoo beefs up encryption security due to NSA snooping

Yahoo will also begin encrypting traffic between its data centers, expanding the company's effort to keep Internet users more secure
| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 12:19 am

Yahoo is the latest Silicon Valley tech giant moving to increase security because of government spying, announcing that traffic moving between the Yahoo data centers is now encrypted.




In addition, Yahoo Mail already uses HTTPS by default, and all mail sent between Yahoo servers also is encrypted. The company is now using 2048-bit RSA encryption for its Mail, Homepage and Digital Magazines portions of the site.


"Hundreds of Yahoos have been working around the clock over the last several months to provide a more secure experience for our users and we want to do even more moving forward," said Alex Stamos, Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer, in a blog post. "Our goal is to encrypt our entire platform for all users at all time, by default. One of our biggest areas of focus in the coming months is to work with and encourage thousands of our partners across all of Yahoo's hundreds of global properties to make sure that any data that is running on our network is secure."


Google also said it would encrypt traffic between its data servers, crediting the decision because of increased government snooping.


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