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Google finally adds HSTS encryption to google.com

Google finally adds HSTS encryption to google.com

Google, known for its security practices, has finally brought HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) to google.com to strengthen its data encryption. HSTS helps protect against eavesdroppers, man-in-the-middle attacks, and hijackers who attempt to spoof a trusted website. Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer all support HSTS. “HSTS prevents people from accidentally navigating to HTTP URLs by automatically converting insecure HTTP URLs into secure HTTPS URLs,” said Jay Brown, a senior technical program manager for security at Google, in a blog post….

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Google engineer says he’ll push for default end-to-end encryption in Allo

Google engineer says he’ll push for default end-to-end encryption in Allo

After Google’s decision not to provide end-to-end encryption by default in its new chat app, Allo, raised questions about the balance of security and effective artificial intelligence, one of the company’s top security engineers said he’d push for end-to-end encryption to become the default in future versions of Allo. Allo debuted with an option to turn on end-to-end encryption, dubbed “incognito mode.” Google obviously takes security seriously, but had to compromise on strong encryption in Allo in order for its…

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Google closing in on target of full encryption

Google closing in on target of full encryption

Google is disclosing how much of the traffic to its search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part of its push to encrypt all online activity. Encryption shields 77 percent of the requests sent from around the world to Google’s data centers, up from 52 percent at the end of 2013, according to company statistics released Tuesday. The numbers cover all Google services except its YouTube video site, which has more than 1 billion users. Google…

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Google CEO Pichai Lends Apple Support on Encryption

Google CEO Pichai Lends Apple Support on Encryption

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai lent support to Apple Inc.’s  pushback against a federal order to help law enforcement break into the locked iPhone of an alleged shooter in the San Bernardino, Calif., attacks. Mr. Pichai wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that “forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy.” A federal judge Tuesday ordered Apple to enable investigators to bypass the passcode of the iPhone once used by alleged shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote…

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Microsoft, Google, Facebook to U.K.: Don’t weaken encryption

Microsoft, Google, Facebook to U.K.: Don’t weaken encryption

Microsoft, Google and Facebook are urging U.K. officials not to undermine encryption as they work on laws that would authorize forcing communications service providers to decrypt customer traffic. In a joint written submission to the U.K. Parliament the three U.S.-based companies lay down several areas of concern, which, if not addressed, they say could damage their businesses and leave them caught in legal crossfires among the many countries where they do business. The companies say they don’t want the U.K….

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New UK laws ban unbreakable encryption for internet and social media companies

New UK laws ban unbreakable encryption for internet and social media companies

Companies such as Apple and Google will be banned from offering unbreakable encryption under new UK laws. Set to be unveiled on Wednesday (November 4), internet and social media companies will no longer be able to provide encryption so advanced that they cannot decipher it, according to The Daily Telegraph. It will see tech firms and service providers required to provide unencrypted communications to the police or spy agencies if requested through a warrant, and comes as David Cameron urged…

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Encryption policy poorly worded by officer: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Encryption policy poorly worded by officer: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

The government has blamed a junior official – a scientist — for the encryption policy fiasco, saying he was responsible for the poor and confusing wording of the document and failed to seek advice from his higher ups before making it public. Several officials in the communications and IT Ministry that ET spoke to admitted that the timing of the release of the draft policy – just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit — couldn’t have been worse, prompting…

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Whose keys are they anyway?

Whose keys are they anyway?

Google recently announced enhanced security support for its cloud customers by granting them the ability to hold the encryption keys to their data. These customer-supplied encryption keys for the Google Cloud Platform follow the example set by other cloud industry leaders such as Amazon Web Services and Box and position the tech giant as an advocate for user data privacy. The many federal IT managers who rely on Google Cloud and AWS are now able to develop a more sound…

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Jeb Bush: encryption makes it too hard to catch “evildoers”

Jeb Bush: encryption makes it too hard to catch “evildoers”

Bush, the former governor of Florida, said Tuesday that encryption “makes it harder for the American government to do its job.” That job would be, according to Bush, “making sure that evildoers aren’t in our midst,” echoing a phrase frequently used by his brother President George W. Bush to describe the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job – while protecting civil liberties – to make…

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Google Hangouts doesn’t use end-to-end encryption

Google Hangouts doesn’t use end-to-end encryption

If you’re using Google Hangouts as your main messaging service, you might want to know that Hangouts doesn’t use end-to-end encryption (E2EE), a must-have feature for messaging services in the post-Snowden world. This was recently confirmed during a Reddit Ask Us Anything (AUA) session by Google’s Richard Salgado, Director for Law Enforcement and Information Security, and David Lieber, Senior Privacy Policy Counsel. As far as messaging services go, end-to-end encryption is a method of encrypting data so that only the…

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