Google tests encrypted user files in the “drive”




The move to reduce the Government spying on users ‘ files

Google started testing a new technology that allows it to encrypt users files stored on cloud storage service “Google drive” Google Drive, as a means of limiting the u.s. Government and other Governments access to user files.

A CNET News “from two different sources that Google currently active in testing the encryption to protect files serve for storage and cloud synchronization, one source said that a small percentage of the files” Google drive is already encrypted.

It is expected that this service to highlight Google from other firms, particularly after the scandal of “Prism PRISM that exposed the NSA spy on movements and some major users of American Internet companies, one step encrypt users files servers will make such a task more difficult.

Web companies usually encrypt users connect via HTTPS to protect the confidentiality of the user’s connection, but this layer of protection protects against eavesdropping hackers online user during transfer files while the files are stored in an unencrypted form. And uncommon usually provide corporate service encrypts files its users because of the technical complexity of providing such service.

It is assumed that Google users files encryption means they won’t be able to theoretically make files upon request from the NSA or any other party, even if a legal request was submitted. But according to experts may not prevent competent authorities from obtaining the required files, so you can listen to an official request is sent to Google to eavesdrop on a particular user’s movements and entering information when logging into Google, and through it you can access files stored in an unencrypted form.

The leaked documents appeared last week said that Microsoft helped the national security agency to monitor communications, Skype users though the service itself is encrypted.
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