Google to Introduce Super Secure Email, I/O Up Next Folllowing Apple's WWDC
By Precious Silva | June 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST
Google wants to deliver a super secure e-mail that will give hackers a run for their money.
Google calls the security feature as "End-to-End" encryption. According to CNN, the encryption can be considered as the most ideal way to keep anyone from accessing people's emails illegaly. Through the "End-to-End" encryption, Google will convert emails to jumbled code. The email's owner and the receiving party will only be the ones to read the email in plain text.
Google's vice president of data centres Joe Kava gives a speech during the opening ceremony of the Google data centre in Changhua Coastal Industrial Park, central Taiwan, December 11, 2013. Google Inc. said on Wednesday it will double its planned investment to $600 million for its data centre in Taiwan to cater to the world's fastest growing technology consumer markets. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang
CNN's report also goes as far to say that hackers including the National Security Agency or NSA do not stand a chance. The encryption process is the same method Edward Snowden used when passing information to journalists before his public exposure. What Google will be trying to achieve is what spies have been using throughout the years - it will be that robust.
However, Google cannot offer End-to-End encryption commercially yet. According to the company's blog post, they are still testing the program. Once the company finishes the testing phase, people can download the application and include it in their Google Chrome Web browser. Using the browser will allow people to use it with other Web-based email providers.
"We recognize that this sort of encryption will probably only be used for very sensitive messages or by those who need added protection," Stephan Somogyi, a Google product manager overseeing security and privacy, posted in the company's blog. "But we hope that the End-to-End extension will make it quicker and easier for people to get that extra layer of security should they need it."
Google's I/O has been drawing attention especially following Apple's WWDC. The two companies have been compared constantly especially with their Android and iOS offerings. According to CNET, the competition between the two companies can be considered healthy. Apart from their mobile operating systems, the two companies may compete on the home technology home front. Google acquired Nest suggesting the company has been keen on investing in the smart home category.
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