For all the ire the NSA
’s spying practices have fomented among users and Internet companies alike, the revelations are prompting some positive changes. For Gmail
users, those changes are coming in the form of better encryption on Google
Although it’s been the default option since 2010, Google says that Gmail will completely run over HTTPS when you send or check mail. Further, every single Gmail message will be encrypted internally. “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 centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations,” said Gmail Security Engineering Lead Nicolas Lidzborski in a blog post.
The post also noted that Gmail enjoys 99.978% uptime, meaning that your Gmail is nearly always available. (Except for sometimes
It’s good to see that there are some positives emerging from the fallout over the NSA scandal.