Google announced that it would encrypt Gmail messages in order to increase the security of content, and prevent snooping on a user s account. Starting today, Gmail will use an encrypted HTTPS connection on all email messages sent or received, even while moving these messages internally between Google’s data centers, to ensure the privacy and safety of users’ content. Also Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
It is believed that this move is a result of the buzz created around NSA and other intelligence agencies snooping on users email accounts under the US surveillance program. Google has taken this initiative to reassure its users that their data is safe, and is not shared with anyone. Earlier, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook too had announced that they would encrypt user data to restrict third parties from accessing messages or emails.
The encryption of data will automatically happen regardless of the network (including public Wi-Fi network) or device used to access Gmail. Google has also added that they are committed to the security and reliability of users’ emails, and are constantly working on ways to improve it.