Yahoo encriptionData encryption is a massive topic these days, especially with the increase in people utilizing online banking services, and storing music, photos and other personal information in the Cloud. Data encryption changes data through the use of algorithms and ciphers so that it becomes unreadable. It originated from the government, who used data encryption to pass along secret military information electronically.

 

 

It’s now largely automatic – most web browsers automatically encrypt text, which is why we here at BullGuard always tell you to only access secure sites, where the URL begins with “https” or a symbol of a padlock.

All Yahoo mail accounts will now be HTTPS secure

Yahoo has taken this to the next level with a new promise to their consumers and users last month. Where encryption used to only take place across their Yahoo Mail service, it will now be expanded to cover all data moving to and from Yahoo data centres. Clearly Yahoo has some trust to build with their consumers after it was revealed earlier this year that they had participated in the NSA’s Prism surveillance program – and a mass encryption movement is how they intend to do that. Furthermore, by the end of the 1st quarter in 2014, users will have the option to encrypt data being to and from Yahoo servers – all Yahoo mail accounts will now be HTTPS secure.

What do you think of Yahoo’s move? Does it make you feel safer?

avatarWritten by Kirsten Dunlaevy (197 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


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