Which Major Companies Actually Encrypt Your Data
from the good-for-them dept
With so much recent concern about how the NSA and GCHQ (and, likely, others) basically look at unencrypted traffic as an easy way to hack into your data, it’s becoming increasingly important for the big companies which manage tremendous amounts of the public’s personal data to encrypt as much as possible. The folks over at the EFF have now put together a sort of crypto report card on which major companies are actually encrypting everything they can.
The results are a little disappointing. Only four companies — Dropbox, Google, SpiderOak and Sonic.net — got a perfect score on the five categories measured. Twitter is pretty close (and the only thing it’s missing, STARTTLS, really would only matter if it were offering email, which it doesn’t, other than to employees) while the rest still have a fair bit of work to do. The incumbent access providers — AT&T, Verizon and Comcast — don’t appear to care nearly enough about security at all. That’s why it’s little surprise that the NSA’s deals with at least AT&T and Verizon are a major source of information. Once again, I’m rather happy I’m a Sonic.net customer for my internet access these days.