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Gmail Will Always Use an Encrypted HTTPS Connection When You Check or Send Email

Today, Google announced that going forward, all emails coming and going through their Gmail servers will use an encrypted HTTPS connection. Since its launch many years ago, Gmail has supported HTTPS, and the protocol was set by default in 2010, but this new move will ensure to users that messages they are sending and receiving are secure (“100 percent of them”). Google notes that this move became a top priority “after last summer’s revelations.”

The encryption is intact not only when messages move between you and Gmail’s servers, but also as they cruise through Google’s data centers.

In addition to HTTPS encryption, Google recommends setting strong passwords, as well as looking into 2-step verification for accounts you want extra secure.

Here is an excerpt from Google’s post about the recent change.

Today’s change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers—no matter if you’re using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet.

In addition, every single email message you send or receive—100 percent of them—is encrypted while moving internally. This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail’s servers, but also as they move between Google’s data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations.

Now go forth, emailing with complete privacy.

Via: Google
  • coolsilver

    NSA is laughing at the attempts I am sure.

  • DroidAbuser

    Not sure I feel any more secure….NSA can probably “sniff” https traffic

  • George Davis

    This is good news. Everyone should keep in mind though, that if you are emailing someone that uses a non-gmail service, your email will not be encrypted during the transfer from Google’s servers to the third-party email service (Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.). At that point it’s just plain text hopping through servers on the Internet. The only way to truly secure email is to use end-to-end encryption, such as PGP. So the “emailing with complete privacy” statement at the end of the article is not really true.

  • John

    So the Gmail Android app wasn’t encrypting my emails before?

    • George Davis

      Encryption has been on by default since 2010. The change is that going forward, there will no longer be an option not to use encryption.

  • sonicyoof

    Thanks NSA!

    • Intellectua1

      More like Thanks Bush for the Patriot Act.. The name just grinds my gears “Patriot” Act.

      • Droidzilla

        Yes, aren’t we glad the current Congress and President dismantled rather than expanded on the stupid Patriot Act? Damn you, Bush!

  • Chris

    The reason google is doing this is not for an advantage to the government. Most request from the NSA were for emails being sent in an “Encrypted” Fashion because they believed those had something to hide. If 100% of emails in all directions are not to be encrypted, the government can no longer single out a small portion of users. I believe this move is genuinely to protect the user information in the end. Not because the NSA is trying to make future leaks harder.

  • AbbyZFresh

    The Encryption will be designed to make it harder for any future Snowdens in the government to leak any more NSA data activities to the public so easily.

    • Steveo

      False. Snowden stole all of his leaked documents from a SharePoint server which he had administrative rights to. He used a simple program on the enterprise system that copied every piece of data to an external drive. No emails or hacking.

      What this new Gmail feature WILL do is give a false sense of protection to the end user. Because with the snap of a finger, the NSA has backdoors to every system in every company including Google.

      • Ray


        Just disconnect yourself from the internet will you. Stick your tin foil hat on and start living in a copper mesh room with no telephone lines coming or going.

        • Steveo

          Something funny? As an I.S. database engineer I’m quite familiar with these things. Those are facts about Snowden, not conspiracy theories. Email encryption had nothing to do with Snowden acquiring those files.

          If you’re referring to the NSA’s ability to overpower and intimate company’s, I suggest you do some research before scoffing at my claim. Why don’t you see what your perfect Google did when asked to give data. Hint, they didn’t say no to the NSA’s. No one does. No hats necessary.

          Anyway, I was just was trying to correct false information before anyone believed it. If you want to talk about it, I’m more than willing. If you want to troll, I’ll pass.

          • Ray

            7+ billion people on the planet, 500+ million Google Accounts, of that a mere 12~ thousand requests granted.

            I’ve got better things to worry about in my life then whether or not the government can see my emails. And to be even more blunt, if you’re that stupid to transmit highly confidential information, or any information for that matter that you don’t want anyone else to see, over a free and public service which if open to anyone and everyone, then you’re bloody idiot anyway.

          • Steveo

            And that’s fine. Just don’t claim it’s a tin foil hat fantasy.

        • James_75

          Keep laughing.. the fact that this doesn’t bother you (and those like you) is cause for concern.

          • Ray

            Whether you believe it or not, it does bother me, but some people take it a little too far sometimes.

          • CasperTFG

            Great response. Not enough of us show this concern.

          • michael arazan

            Some people don’t care about identity protection, or any protection online, till it’s too late that is.

      • James_75

        Yep, to solve that I introduce Darkmail. The encryption exists onboard the devices, not on some 3rd party server.


        • Steveo

          Very awesome, will check it out. Not that I have much to hide. Thanks!

        • CasperTFG

          This must work the same as SafeSlinger.

    • The Narrator

      Snowdens a dick. Hopefully he’ll drop off the earth soon.