Friday, November 20, 2015

Netiquette IQ Blog Of 11/201015 - Google Improves Security For Email


Submitted by Rachel Walters on Mon, 11/16/2015 - 02:26 from

Google’s free email service Gmail is planning to introduce some interesting security features and will inform email users in case the email communication is not encrypted. Google’s Email service informed on its official blog that within three months, the changes will be rolled out for most of the Gmail users. The new features will warn users in case they receive an email from non-gmail users and those messages aren’t encrypted.
After NSA’s snooping incidents came to light, encrypted email and communications via other applications have been in demand. The emails sent through Gmail are already encrypted and people using Gmail as their email provider will not see any change.
As per the data provided by Google, Gmail users currently receive nearly 61 percent of their emails from non-gmail users as encrypted. The information regarding new security features was shared by Elie Bursztein, Anti-Fraud and Abuse Research and Nicolas Lidzborski, Gmail Security Engineering Lead.
Gmail engineers have closely worked with the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois researchers to improve security features on Google’s email service. Google currently provides free email accounts with 15GB space. Gmail already offers strong security settings for users. Gmail also offers a very effective spam filter which has reduced the trouble of deleting unwanted and promotional emails.
Google said, “We’re constantly working to help make email more secure for everyone. These efforts are reflected in security protections like default HTTPS in Gmail as well as our Safer Email Transparency report, which includes information about email security beyond just Gmail.”
Google's Security blog said....
Our study identified several new security challenges as well.
First, we found regions of the Internet actively preventing message encryption by tampering with requests to initiate SSL connections. To mitigate this attack, we are working closely with partners through the industry association M3AAWG to strengthen “opportunistic TLS” using technologies that we pioneered with Chrome to protect websites against interception.
Second, we uncovered malicious DNS servers publishing bogus routing information to email servers looking for Gmail. These nefarious servers are like telephone directories that intentionally list misleading phone numbers for a given name.

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