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, 4 Jun 2014 @ 7:57pm

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    End-to-end encryption protects against interception while the message is in transit. It is effective against mass recording of internet traffic content, which is trivially easy otherwise.

    Of course, if either end is compromised, the content can be revealed at that end. This requires a targeted attack against a specific individual's hardware, and is a separate problem to guard against.

    Good security comes in layers. At present, unless we are specifically targeted, most of our communications will be hugely better protected if end-to-end encryption is used.

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