Yahoo will offer end-to-end encryption for email




Yahoo wants its users to offer on its mail service. End-to-end encryption That the company has announced at the Black Hat security trade show in Las Vegas. Google recently came already with a PGP plugin for Google Chrome.

yahoo From this autumn Yahoo users to encrypted mail, as Yahoo announced at the Black Hat security conference. It is pgp used a technique that the de facto standard for encrypted mail but not yet penetrated to the average Internet user.

Security Researcher Alex Stamos, since the NSA revelations has been appointed as head of security, Yahoo says Forbes opposite that PGP will be activated when the recipient and sender are configured both pgp automatically.

PGP encryption is end-to-end, which means that Yahoo can not reach the content of the email. This also means that the contents of the Yahoo e-mail can not scan, but Stamos does not worry about: the type of emails that will be encrypted, for example between activists, according to the security expert yet little commercial value.

Yahoo also plans to work together with those of Google its implementation. Google chooses sure not immediately deploy PGP in Gmail; users need a Chrome plug-in to download mail encrypted. The plugin is still only for testers to use, and is not yet available in the Chrome Web Store.

Yahoo say they are not legal problems, such lavabit, the email provider of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who got scared. Lavabit had to hand over his private keys of the American right, so that the mails from Snowden could be decrypted. “This example differs from a publicly traded billion-dollar company with an army of lawyers that seems likely to bring the case to the Supreme Court,” said Stamos across The Wall Street Journal.


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