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Google pushing support for secured internet

 A joint study carried out by staff from the University of Michigan, University of Illinois, and Google, Inc., surfaced two new areas for concern when it comes to email confiendtiality.


Google pushing support for secured internet

Washington: For snoopers, unencrypted emails are easy pickings, but a new Gmail initiative will help cement email encryption as the standard rather than an exception.

A joint study carried out by staff from the University of Michigan, University of Illinois, and Google, Inc., surfaced two new areas for concern when it comes to email confiendtiality.

In a November 12 blog post, Google staff said they were working closely with industry association M3AAWG to protect against "regions of the Internet" that "actively prevent message encryption."

And while Gmail-to-Gmail messages are already encrypted by default, the consortium's paper, An Empirical Analysis of Email Delivery Security, discovered rogue internet servers looking for a way into non-encrypted emails, specifically targeting Gmail.

"To notify our users of potential dangers, we are developing in-product warnings for Gmail users that will display when they receive a message through a non-encrypted connection," wrote Google's Anti-Fraud and Abuse Researcher, Elie Bursztein, and colleague Nicolas Lidzborski, the Gmail Security Engineering Lead.

"These warnings will begin to roll-out in the coming months."

Much improvement has already been seen. The report found that the percentage of encrypted emails sent to Gmail addresses from non-Gmail addresses rose from 33% to 61% between December 2013 and October 2015.

Outbound security has also been on the up, with the use of TLS in messages from Gmail to non-Gmail accounts rising from 60% to 80%; more than 94% of inbound messages to Gmail now carry some form of authentication.

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