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Google rolls out mandatory HTTPS usage to encrypt Gmail emails

All Gmail emails sent and received will be encrypted as they work their way through Google servers and data centers.

Published Thu, Mar 20 2014 7:59 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Google plans to roll out necessary encrypted HTTPS connection so user emails are encrypted when data is transferred over Google networks.

Google rolls out mandatory HTTPS usage to encrypt Gmail emails | TweakTown.com

The 100 percent mandatory e-mail change will prevent outsiders from accessing email messages as all sent and received messages are encrypted while they bounce around servers and data centers.

"Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email," said Nicolas Lidzborski, Gmail Security Engineering lead, in a blog post. "Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 we made HTTPS the default. Today's change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail's servers - no matter if you're using public Wi-Fi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet."

Following revelations of widespread and organized NSA spying, Internet users have increased pressure on Internet companies to offer better protection.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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