The Current State of Email Security

From the Google Transparency Report

Many email providers don’t encrypt messages while they’re in transit. When you send or receive emails with one of these providers, these messages are as open to snoopers as a postcard in the mail.

A growing number of email providers are working to change that, by encrypting messages sent to and from our services using Transport Layer Security (TLS). When an email is encrypted in transit with TLS, it makes it harder for others to read what you’re sending. The data below explains the current state of email encryption in transit.

Full Article is here


Of course as you may have suspected your email may go through unsecured servers the article from Google bears that out. Never send sensitive/private information through email!



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  • Google mail security  On June 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Hello Dave, thank you for the post. As an additional note Google™ is releasing a new service called Google Apps Message Encryption™ or ‘GAME’, this is a game changer in that it not only brings full scale encryption to Google Apps but also encrypts email messages sent to other systems.
    This is useful for regulated industries as well as hospitals, banks and governments and they now have a compelling reason to save cost and complexity through Google’s utility computing model, ensuring emails can no longer be intercepted in transit by security agencies foiling the NSA’s snooping attempts.

    • Dave  On June 10, 2014 at 6:28 am

      Thanks for the update!

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