by Mike Masnick
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 3:44am
If you use Yahoo, you can now thank Ed Snowden for the fact that your data is soon going to be more secure. Last week, we noted that Microsoft still wasn't encrypting traffic on the private lines between its data centers, and that Yahoo had suggested the same thing was true, given their very vague answer when asked about it all. Google, on the other hand, had been feverishly encrypting the traffic flows since the summer. Now, Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer has directly addressed the issue, announcing that they're working hard to encrypt all such data transfers and that they'll have the job done by the end of March in 2014. Also, perhaps equally or more importantly, they're planning to offer users the option to encrypt all the data in and out of Yahoo by that same date. Yahoo had been a bit slower than others to really recognize the importance of encryption, but it looks like they're going all in now -- which is great to see. And, if you remaining Yahoo users out there want to thank anyone, you might want to direct that appreciation towards Ed Snowden. Without him, it's quite unlikely this would be happening right now.
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