BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Staying at the top of the tech business means hard work and Google is determined to put in the hours and the effort to keep improving the security of their services, including the world-renowned Gmail.
When clicking to open an email, most users are not aware of how fast it was sent by the sender. At the same time, most people know very little when it comes to the harm of unencrypted connections, but Gmail is working on alerting its users when an email has travelled unsafely to reach their inbox.
With more than 550 million active users in June 2014, Gmail is the world’s largest email service, so Google has plenty of reasons to focus on keep making it more secure. In spite of the more recent ways people can connect through the web – messenger apps of all sorts – email has remained one of the most used services.
In order to make communication even safer in the era of online privacy paranoia, Google is introducing a new alert system to warn people when they receive dangerous emails. According to the search giant, the Gmail security updates will roll out to users in the following three months or so, but once they are deployed, people will be warned of unencrypted emails coming from non-Gmail email clients.
Even though encryption is not an issue with Gmail to Gmail communication since everything is already encrypted, Google is happy to announce that since 2013, the rates of non-Gmail emails using encryption to send to Gmail users has risen from 33 percent to 61 percent. While this is definitely good news for Gmail clients, there is still some work to be done.
Thanks to a study between Google, the University of Illinois, and the University of Michigan, the company was able to reveals some of the obstacles that need to be overcome for better security and privacy of email. Analyzing the evolution of email security from 2013 to 2015,
Google found that one of the major security risks “tries to block email messages from being encrypted through manipulation of SSL requests.” At the same time, the study discovered malicious DNS servers that attempt to actively send incorrect information, so that they could manipulate the email messages.
This is done either by censoring some of the information within the email, or by completely altering the information before the recipient of the email has a chance to see it in its original state.
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