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Staying at the forefront of email security and reliability: HTTPS-only and 99.978% availability in Gmail.

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under news

google-cloud-securityYour email is important to you, and making sure it stays safe and always available is important to the University and to Google. As you go about your day reading, writing, and checking messages, there are tons of security measures running behind the scenes to keep your email safe, secure, and there whenever you need it.

Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted  connection (HTTPS) when you check or send email. Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 Google 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.

In addition, every single email message you send or receive—100% of them—is encrypted while moving internally in Google. This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail’s servers, but also as they move between Google’s data centres—something Google made a top priority after last summer’s revelations.

Of course, being able to access your email is just as important as keeping it safe and secure. In 2013, Gmail was available 99.978% of the time, which averages to less than two hours of disruption for a user for the entire year. The engineering experts at Google look after their services 24×7 and if a problem ever arises, they’re on the case immediately. Google help us to keep you informed by posting updates on the Apps Status Dashboard until the issue is fixed, and we always conduct a full analysis on the problem to prevent it from happening again.

The Google commitment to the security and reliability of your email is absolute, and they are constantly working on ways to improve. You can learn about additional ways to keep yourself safe online, like creating strong passwords, by visiting the Security Center: https://www.google.com/help/security.

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