Since Edward Snowden blew the lid off the National Security Agency's antics last year, every major tech firm has vowed to tighten up its security systems to deter any future attacks. But while talk is cheap, Google has decided to do more than just talk.
The search engine giant has undergone a major security overhaul that would make it extremely difficult for nosy forces to steal Gmail users' private data.
"Every single email message you send or receive - 100 percent of them -is encrypted while moving internally," Google announced. "This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail's servers, but also as they move between Google's data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations.”
What they've done is that they've shifted Gmail entirely on an encrypted HTTPS connection. Until now, users had the option to turn the secure connection on or off, based on their preference. But now, there is no such choice, as all sending and receiving of emails on World's largest email service are Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure by default.
"Your email is important to you, and making sure it stays safe and always available is important to us," Google added. "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.
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."
It stopped short of naming any particular entity as the inspiration behind this security upgrade, but it was pretty much understood that the NSA's spying has made them do it.
The company has assured its service's half a billion users that this latest fortification of their security means their emails are 100 percent safe from prying eyes. However, it could also be an attempt to repair their image that was tarnished when it became known that the NSA had unauthorized access to Google data, despite the company repeatedly denying it before Snowden's leaks.