Yahoo To Follow Google Encrypting Email Services To Protect Customers From Unwanted Spying - HotHardware
Yahoo To Follow Google Encrypting Email Services To Protect Customers From Unwanted Spying

Yahoo To Follow Google Encrypting Email Services To Protect Customers From Unwanted Spying

Call it the 'Edward Snowden' impact if you must, but there's no doubt that insight on the NSA's activities have technology companies working overtime to restore and regain trust. Following Google's lead to encrypt email communication, Yahoo will now do similarly by crafting a secure email system that should go online in 2015. The platform will be fortified in a way that Yahoo Mail is not currently, and will reportedly make it "nearly impossible for hackers or government officials to read users' messages." Of course, suggesting such a thing will only incite hackers to attempt to prove them wrong, but at least it's a step in the right direction.


It's one thing to see small, niche email systems adopt this sort of mindset, but for major public companies such as Yahoo and Google? That's serious progress. Once implemented, it'll even prevent Yahoo itself from reading emails as they're typed, providing peace of mind for anyone concerned that their digital communications are being watched elsewhere.


This is likely just the second of many other balls to drop, with everything from email to texting to browser entry fields to be secured in ways that weren't previously in demand. 
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Cheers for extra defense against rogue eyes, but will these security measures actually do anything to protect privacy from government agencies like your aforementioned NSA?

It's interesting that they mention that they themselves won't be able to read "while your typing". I wonder if that is simply to differentiate them from Gmail and try to take a bite out of that marketshare. I don't see Gmail offering anything similar given their reliance on targeted advertising.

None-the-less this is encouraging news along with the push towards more universal HTTPS adoption in general.

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I guarantee the NSA will find a loophole. There is really no way to have complete privacy anymore, it's so sad. :/ 

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