Google Wants to Add ‘Not Encrypted’ Warnings to Gmail

Google is getting ready to alert Gmail users when messages are received in the clear instead of via encrypted transport, in response both to slow adoption of encryption by some hosts, and apparent hostility to encryption in some countries.

Google’s multi-year project, published by the Association for Computing Machinery, comes to a similar conclusion: there’s a long tail of servers managed that aren’t keeping up with the need to encrypt.

And there’s a lot such machines out there, the research finds: “best practices have yet to reach widespread adoption in a long tail of over 700,000 SMTP servers, of which only 35 per cent successfully configure encryption, and 1.1 per cent specify a DMARC authentication policy”, the research states.

You can read more at http://goo.gl/TrgZ3m. Google’s post discussing the research is available at https://goo.gl/iaSEbu.

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