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Yahoo Moves To Encrypt More Data Flow To Improve Privacy

8:48 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's CEO, makes a statement about increasing user privacy in the light of claims over NSA secret access.

There is nothing more important to us than protecting our users’ privacy. To that end, we recently announced that we will make Yahoo Mail even more secure by introducing https (SSL - Secure Sockets Layer) encryption with a 2048-bit key across our network by January 8, 2014.

Today we are announcing that we will extend that effort across all Yahoo products. More specifically this means we will:

  • Encrypt all information that moves between our data centers by the end of Q1 2014;
  • Offer users an option to encrypt all data flow to/from Yahoo by the end of Q1 2014;
  • Work closely with our international Mail partners to ensure that Yahoo co-branded Mail accounts are https-enabled.
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  • 9:45 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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    I was a huge fan of yahoo mail, but the last hmm 1.5 year they had so many bugs and still have, that even when they improve privacy, I will still move to outlook. Another thing for us Europeans, when a US company say we they want to improve privacy, we just dont believe it anymore.
    10:08 pm on Nov 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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    Sadly the US audience typically believes anything that comes from a "reputable" news source.
    11:23 am on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

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    What is urgently required is a ban on the the use of words like "email" and "privacy" in a single sentence.
    11:26 am on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

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    Good one iThink.

    Perhaps if a provider had their own private network and could ensure that every recipient/sender is also as secure...

    And it'd seem for larger providers like Yahoo with multiple servers, perhaps a custom encryption scheme between their own nodes wouldn't go amiss, or at least one of the more heavyweight encryption schemes (assuming they are safe if you have your tin foil hat on)
    7:11 pm on Nov 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

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    Yahoo's announcement, at best, can only try to alleviate the general public's concerns. Those people don't realize that the NSA probably has the encryption master keys from every significant American technology company to unlock everything that's encrypted?

    I suppose that's all they're really concerned about anyway seeing as how they may have wilfully given away their encryption keys to begin with.

    But, not every company gave in to the requests. I can't remember the name at the moment but there was one company that provided secure email services that recently had to shut down due to their refusal to cooperate.

    There's no need to put life on hold. Just get unplugged as much as possible until this latest invasion gets addressed and resolved by the American people. Equally as well the U.K. is complicit. Yet too, the Canadian government and others might have been cooperating in ways we have not yet learned. There's still more to come that hasn't yet been released.

    I'll just repeat what I've said before though from a fresh perspective. Due to the nature of the NSA's tendency towards "curiosity" they are not going to be able to resist "looking over their shoulder" as they flee Sodom and Gomorrah (the exploitation tool that the present internet is). Therefore, they will become the next "pillar of stone", and eventually from mineral, to microbes, to plant, to animal and human once again. That's the readers digest version of events, the actual movie is much more adventurous.

    However, what they all don't yet realize is they've caught themselves in their own trap and it's too late now. The enablers will also be there to keep them company. It's a done deal. Signed sealed and delivered.