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It will use PGP encryption

Google and Yahoo are joining forces to create a tool that will encrypt messages sent and received between users. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, the two tech giants will create a tool based on PGP encryption that will encrypt data contained in messages, but not the sender/receiver's emails or the subject line. 

PGP encryption is a way of encrypting data, and it hasn't been cracked yet. It relies on users having their own encryption key stored on laptops, tablets and smartphones instead of traditional webmail services, where tech companies hold passwords and usernames.

Further, there is no password-reset function, and it traditionally hasn't been the easiest form of encryption to use. But Google and Yahoo hope to make it less painful in a widely-used consumer service. 

All consumers would have to do is click a button to turn it on and off, meaning the companies won't force anyone to use it. 

This form of encryption is so powerful that the email providers themselves won't be able to decrypt the messages.

More importantly, nosey hackers and government officials won't be able to peek at the messages either. 

Ever since former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off the agency's spy programs, people have become more aware of online privacy and ways to keep wandering eyes from peering at citizens' data. 

Yahoo said it's currently testing ways of getting encryption keys on mobile devices. 

It's not surprising that these companies would move forward with a message encryption tool. Back in November 2013, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that the NSA's alleged spying on data centers is "outrageous" and that its strategies of pulling hundreds of millions of records to find a few hundred is "bad public policy" and even "illegal." 

In December 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama met with tech leaders like Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Google's Schmidt to discuss privacy after the NSA revelations. 

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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notes on pgp mail
By Mike Acker on 8/10/2014 7:16:44 AM , Rating: 5
notes on pgp mail
1. your o/s has to be secure. most hacking is accomplished by getting unauthorized programming, aka "computer virus" into the victim's computer system. use a secure o/s.

2. generate your own pgp keys. if you let google or yahoo generate the keys you will not know if they have specified an ADK -- or alternate decryption key...

once this software comes out we can look through it to verify their handling of the PGP key generaton and maintenance of the Trust Models

you don't need google or yahoo. you can do this using Thunderbird with the ENIGMAIL plug in and the open-source GnuPG right now. no cost.

RE: notes on pgp mail
By ken107 on 8/10/2014 1:02:18 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they provide an encryption option for people to use, and then specify an alternate decryption key? Then why provide an encryption option at all?

I know you will say they want us to THINK that we're sending secure emails. They want us to trust their email service so that we can divulge more of our sensitive information that they can capture and use against us. In other words, they have the same agenda as the NSA?

RE: notes on pgp mail
By Arkive on 8/11/2014 1:19:53 PM , Rating: 3
This is not meant to sound cross, but did you really just ask why a corporation would offer a veil of privacy but still create a means of circumventing that privacy?

RE: notes on pgp mail
By HostileEffect on 8/10/2014 8:45:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, its all lip service by big corporate, they will still harvest and sell your data and so will the fed. If you want secure email, hand that person your PGP key in person. Obviously it still has its limitations, since most people who would want secure communications aren't very computer literate or proficient, but its still a better option than blindly trusting the face of evil.

RE: notes on pgp mail
By euclidean on 8/11/2014 12:06:47 PM , Rating: 2
There's a difference between categorizing your data to have the best targeted user Ads and actually selling your data..

Google doesn't sell your data. I don't receive 3rd party messages and communications via companies that Google interacts with.

I do, however, receive Ads that were provided to Google for a specific demographic/target that I fit...

RE: notes on pgp mail
By HostileEffect on 8/11/2014 1:49:43 PM , Rating: 2
Google isn't the only company listed in this article and your extremely naive to think they won't hand over anything requested by the fed. People are beyond oblivious to what is staged for public consumption and what really happens. If I had a c-note for every buttered up show I had to put on...

My contacts, information, and browsing habits are no one else' business but mine and the party I connect to. On a side note, once the fed gets information, its leaked and distributed to an uncountable number of places. I didn't even work with information but constantly found documents containing addresses, SSNs, phone numbers, full names, etc, on a single page. Record keeping is essentially a death by power-point class and no one will give two hoots about what information gets lost, copied, or in unauthorized hands until if affects them, hint, it almost never will.

Protect your trash, no one will do it for you. Anyone who so benevolently wants to do it for you, free or otherwise, is likely up to no good. Data security is something you have to do yourself or expect to not have it at all.

RE: notes on pgp mail
By FITCamaro on 8/14/2014 12:31:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yes because all corporations are evil.

And since when are those who would want secure communication not very computer literate?

RE: notes on pgp mail
By FITCamaro on 8/14/2014 12:34:04 PM , Rating: 2
There is no operating system that is secure from a stupid user.

By GulWestfale on 8/9/2014 5:10:46 PM , Rating: 2
obama meeting with industry leaders to discuss privacy after the NSA does not mean that he or they want to increase privacy; it rather means that he/they want to find a better way to make us think that we have privacy, while in reality they still spy on us just as much (or even more so) as they did before snowden's revelations.

who do they think they're fooling?

RE: ahahahaha
By peterrushkin on 8/10/2014 1:14:47 PM , Rating: 2

RE: ahahahaha
By HostileEffect on 8/12/2014 2:02:55 AM , Rating: 2

By SuckRaven on 8/10/14, Rating: 0
RE: Funny
By Etsp on 8/11/2014 11:16:46 AM , Rating: 2
Because using this encryption, Google CANNOT read your email (if you generate your own key.)

By SuckRaven on 8/9/14, Rating: -1
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