Yahoo! Adds New Layers of Encryption to Data Centers, Search

Joining the illustrious ranks of companies like Google and Microsoft, a spokesperson for Yahoo took to the company’s blog to announce that as of today, all links between their data centers have been encrypted, along with all of their search data and email services too.

The news first broke from the mouth of Yahoo’s fresh-out-of-the-gate CISO Alex Stamos, which for the uninitiated stands for “chief information security officer”, a position not many had heard or cared about until the whole Snowden debacle got started.

“We implemented the latest in security best-practices, including supporting TLS 1.2, Perfect Forward Secrecy and a 2048-bit RSA key for many of our global properties such as Homepage, Mail and Digital Magazines. We are currently working to bring all Yahoo sites up to this standard,” he said in the post.


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Yahoo spent the better part of January finalizing plans to encrypt their popular email service, as well as moving along the effort to encrypt their video chat service, which we all know by now was violated by the GCHQ on so many different occasions they needed to send out a memo to politely ask employees of the agency to stop abusing the “privilege” they’d been handed by the British government.

Similar moves were made both by Google and Microsoft earlier this year, as major tech companies scramble to implement encryption standards that admittedly should have been a part of their infrastructure from the get-go, but was too cost-prohibitive until now.

With the realization that a lack of security means a loss of customers, companies have begun to rally around the flag of encryption as a marketing tool, assuring users that their services are just as safe from the government as the next guy.

“Whether or not our users understand it, I feel it’s our responsibility to keep them safe. That’s why we’ve moved towards encryption, and it’s why we’ll remain dedicated to combatting the issue of government surveillance for years to come.”