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c_s_everett
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c_s_everett,
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6/4/2014 | 5:14:46 PM
GMAIL ENCRYPTION - LIKE IT MATTERS
The irony of Google or Gmail offering encryption to users of its service taking into consideration the well documented collusion with the NSA to make customer data available is laughable.  If you're worried about privacy, and you should be, use a  service coming on line soon like Proton Mail.  I have very little faith in Gmail to keep any of my information safeguarded. 

To those who might offer up the tired line of "if you don't have something to hide, why should care", I'll offer this when did the act of being a law abiding natural born US citizen become reasonable suspicion to vacuum up the data an entire population.  Let that sink in - 380,000,000 US citizens. 

It's less about trying to hide something and more about fundamental pricincples this country was found around - like the 4th amendment. 
Thomas Claburn
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6/4/2014 | 5:33:23 PM
Re: GMAIL ENCRYPTION - LIKE IT MATTERS
I would go further and suggest that no amount of security will keep electronic communication secure against an adversary with the funding and reach of the NSA, if they really want to find out about your messages.
Brian.Dean
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6/4/2014 | 11:42:47 PM
Re: GMAIL ENCRYPTION - LIKE IT MATTERS
Great point -- huge amounts of capital, trumps capital. And I have a feeling that Google will be gaining more user data, than it will be losing from encrypting Gmail messages, because users that desire a higher level of security and are using for instance, Firefox, will have to move to Chrome and in exchange, Google will gain their browser data.  
micjustin33
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6/5/2014 | 9:34:33 AM
Re: GMAIL ENCRYPTION - LIKE IT MATTERS
Many providers have turned on encryption, and others have said they're going to, which is great news. As they do, more and more emails will be shielded from snooping."
Brian.Dean
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6/5/2014 | 11:39:34 PM
Re: GMAIL ENCRYPTION - LIKE IT MATTERS
@micjustin33, that a good point, and as more and more providers begin to offer encryption as a standard, this will cause spear phishing to become increasingly difficult. At one point spear phishing will become a zero gain operation, and then after the tipping point is crossed, spear phishing will become a lose making practice, once that happens, encryption and security would have won at least on one front.
cklimeczko570
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cklimeczko570,
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6/19/2014 | 10:28:49 AM
Re: GMAIL ENCRYPTION - LIKE IT MATTERS
I clicked on  

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Takes On iPad  and got this article instead. 
SomebodySmart
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6/4/2014 | 6:13:59 PM
One-time pad
Return to the old 5.25" floppy. It could be erased with a household magnet. Use bitmaps of close-up photos of sand for randomness for one-time pads. Compose message on one machine and encrypt with one-time pad. Write cryptext to floppy. Remove floppy and insert it into another machine to transmit it over the internet. Hackers cannot break through to the machine with the plain text because it is not connected to anything. As long as you're not broadcasting, but that's another security issue.

 

 
SomebodySmart
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6/4/2014 | 6:16:59 PM
Liberty issue
To those who would argue that NSA has a "right" to listen to the radio let me reply that NSA has no right to FORCE innocent businesses to hand over data.
leemore57
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6/4/2014 | 6:39:07 PM
Connection to Zix
How is End-to-End connected to the encryption product currently offered in Google Apps from Zix Corp?
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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6/5/2014 | 12:08:12 AM
Re: Connection to Zix
I think Zixmail is a completely different email provider, like Yahoo Mail, with its own extension. Or does Zixmail have the ability to encrypt outgoing mail from a Gmail account? If not, then Zixmail is just a third party tool in the app store.
jgherbert
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6/7/2014 | 11:57:40 AM
And PGP is new because...?
Ok, so this is new for Google that they might offer encryption (assuming you trust the extension... do you?). I wonder how it will really work though. Will Google be offering to keep track of your private or public keys for you perhaps? After all, keeping keys in cloud storage protects you in case of loss, so let's get those all stored somewhere handy like GoogleDrive. Nicely done ;-)

Seriously though, PGP has been around for the longest time but it just hasn't caught on not least because it's a pain in the backside to use for most people. I suspect that PGP's "web of trust" concept is about to be blown wide open by people who will just sign off on anything they see rather than actually validating the keys. So just wait for the first exploit of that.

I also wonder whether we'll see corporates - many of whom still allow gmail/webmail access from their networks - shutting down access to gmail totally if this extension becomes popular.

Guess we'll see, right?

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mySecure_Phone,
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6/18/2014 | 4:02:10 AM
Re: And PGP is new because...?
Maybe Google will do what they promised to but what about an informations sent via other channels? Protect your privacy by using independent programs. If you are using a cell with Android system, just download mySecurePhone - software to encrypt outgoing emails, texts and calls. Good thing is that mySecurePhone is compatible with any email account.
jgomez777
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6/20/2014 | 12:19:16 PM
Wrong article
I clicked on the Galaxy takes on Ipad and got a google article instead!
poclovis
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6/25/2014 | 12:11:05 PM
Wrong article link as well
Wrong article I clicked on the Galaxy takes on Ipad and got a google article instead!


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