Google has taken the first major step to safe-gaurd its users against snooping activities around the web. According to reports, Google has made Gmail encryption mandatory to keep a check on every single mail that's being sent of received by a user.
Google notified its users on Thursday that its popular Gmail service would be using encryption to stop snooping from different agencies. The new decision comes in the wake of several security issues with revelations emerging related to U.S.-based surveillance programs via the NSA.
"Your email is important to you, and making sure it stays safe and always available is important to us. As you go about your day reading, writing, and checking messages, there are tons of security measures running behind the scenes to keep your email safe, secure, and there whenever you need it," the company wrote on its official blog recently.
It states that Google will now use an encrypted HTTPS connection when users check or send email. The new change also comes with the fact that Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 the company made HTTPS the default.
"Today's change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail's servers-no matter if you're using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet."
Apart from that, the post states that every single email message a user sends or receives will now be encrypted while moving internally. What this will do is that it will ensure that a user's messages are safe not only when they move between the user's and Gmail's servers, but also as they move between Google's data centers. And that's something that Google has now made a top priority after last summer's revelations.
As we mentioned before, the new effort by Google comes is in the wake of the revelations made last year when National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden told the world that the NSA had access to Google's servers.