Shamed By Google's Email Security Transparency Report, Comcast Is Rushing To Better Encrypt Emails

from the sunlight-to-disinfectant dept

Well, that was quick. Yesterday Google announced its new email security/encryption transparency report, which revealed that Comcast and Verizon were primary offenders, in not using TLS to encrypt emails, making them much more vulnerable to surveillance. And, in less than 24 hours, Comcast quickly said that it is rushing to roll out TLS, with a company spokesperson saying it will be out there "within a matter of weeks" and that the company is being "very aggressive about this." That's good to see. Once again, greater transparency leads to greater protection.

Filed Under: email, encryption, tls
Companies: comcast, google


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    A New Anonymous, 5 Jun 2014 @ 8:44am

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    True, but the problem is to make an encryption package available that people will use. It is hard to gain momentum because the people we communicate with have to use it as well.

    If we can't change people to fit their tools, we have to adapt the tools to fit the people.

    This probably means a one-button "encrypt my email when possible" button as part of common email software. All details of private and public keys will have to be invisible by default.

    To gain the necessary critical mass, we need to focus on getting the basic structure widely deployed. Then those willing and able to do more can work on improving security on their end.

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