Nov 27 2013, 4:53am CST | by Sumayah Aamir
After Google, Facebook and Yahoo started encrypting their internet traffic, so as to escape the clutches of the NSA, Microsoft is following suit. The wake-up call may have come too late but as they say: better late than never. The fears that the NSA has provoked among the already paranoid global climate have led to many high tech firms seeking the option of encryption so as to protect their user base from spying.
When Microsoft saw other giants such as Yahoo and Google facing similar problems, where data that was meant to be private entered into the wrong hands, it seriously decided to do something about the issue at hand.
Actually the whole thing began with certain documents that were leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. They had references to Microsoft’s Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger in them. Microsoft is concerned about this breach of security and company officials have even said that the government’s actions are diametrically opposed to what is written in the constitution.
If Bill Gates’ brainchild chooses the path of encryption, it will join the ranks of Google, Yahoo and Facebook which are already busy securing their privacy from any possible spying. The scheme will not only ward off government prying into matters that do not concern it, but also repel criminals and hackers of every hue. In other words, changes will be made and confidentiality of Microsoft’s clientele will be a major priority from now onwards.
Source: Environmental Defense Fund
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Source: The Register
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