Google is taking your privacy and security online a little more seriously since it announced on Thursday that it is making all Gmail messages go through an encrypted HTTPS connection that will prevent anyone else from reading them but their intended recipient on its official Enterprise blog;
“Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email. Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 we made HTTPS the default. Today’s change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers—no matter if you’re using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet. “Advertisement - Continue reading below
Google has even gone as far as to make sure that it encrypts all messages as they move between Google’s private data centers, a change from its previous policy of allowing messages to go between its data centers without encryption. This was a vulnerability that the NSA successfully exploited to hack into Google’s data centers and the company has gone to great lengths to patch it.
Hence this is a welcome development because HTTPS ensures that your communications are secure in transit. However, once the message is on Google’s server then it is available to the NSA and anyone else with a warrant to access your emails.