Google Encrypts Gmail

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If you look closely at the URL while accessing your Gmail account,
you’ll now notice an “S” after the HTTP. To help deter the NSA from
intercepting email messages as they move between data centers and
servers, Google recently made all Gmail connections more secure with
HTTPS encryption. While it certainly
won’t stop surveillance attempts entirely, it will slow it down by adding an extra obstacle, which when compounded with other barriers may just be
the straw that breaks the Orwellian agency’s back.