Gmail has started this Thursday using an encrypted HTTPS connection for sending and receiving email. This allows data transfer between computer and Gmail’s servers through an HTTPS connection. It means that the chance of someone to disable option on a particular account or machine in an attempt to intercept data before it hits Google’s servers has now been eliminated.
In its Gmail blog, Google announced that messages will be encrypted as they move internally through Google’s systems. In the past, data is not being encrypted when it goes to another Google server or data center though information sent from computer to Gmail is encrypted. The change is “something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations”, the company said.
Since 2004, Gmail has supported HTTPS while an option to enable HTTPS as the default setting for a particular account was added in 2008. Further, Google made HTTPS connections as the default user option in 2010.
Certainly, this new development does not necessarily get rid of the potential for entities such as the NSA to intercept information on Google’s servers. And though this increases user privacy and security, law enforcement agencies still have option to request access to data from companies such as Google.