Google announced that starting today, March 20, Gmail will use an encrypted HTTPS connection when users check or send email.
Google, on their official blog posted by Gmail Security Engineering Lead Nicolas Lidzborski said, “Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email. Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 we made HTTPS the default.?
The company said that it is to ensure that messages are safe not only when they move between the user 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.”
“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,? Google said, adding that 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.”
Moreover, Google assured Gmail users that they are always committed in making everyone’s email absolutely secured and that they are constantly working on ways to improve them.
“Being able to access your email is just as important as keeping it safe and secure. Our engineering experts look after Google’s services 24×7 and if a problem ever arises, they’re on the case immediately. We keep you informed by posting updates on the Apps Status Dashboard until the issue is fixed, and we always conduct a full analysis of the problem to prevent it from happening again.”
To learn more about additional ways to keep oneself safe online, like creating strong passwords and enabling 2-step verification, Google encourages everyone to visit the Security Center: https://www.google.com/help/security.