Google tries to ward off NSA from Gmail with new encryption methods

Last year’s revelations about the NSA’s involvement in breaching Internet privacy have led Google to come up with a few tools for users of Gmail to feel more secure with. Without pointing a finger at this exact exposure, the company revealed that it’s making these changes in light of ‘last summer’s revelations.’

Since the inception of the service, Google has advocated the use of a secure HTTPS connection while accessing Gmail, but it made it a default back in 2010, allowing you to change it if you want. Not any more though; as the company has now announced that Gmail will always use these secure connections no matter what sort of network or device you’re using.

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The more important change however, is that each and every message which you receive via the email service will now feature complete encryption while moving internally. This means they’re not only safe while moving through the Gmail servers, but also as when they go though Google’s data centers.

In a new blog post, the company has even revealed that Gmail was available 99.978 percent of the time in the entire 2013. This means throughout the whole year, one user faced less than two hours of disruption of the service.

In wake of the NSA revelations, these new changes to Gmail will come as a breather to heavy users of the service, but the given that such a severe breach of privacy was apparently conducted by the US organization, will these steps be enough?