13 May 2014

Facebook encourages email providers to deploy STARTTLS encryption to block spy agencies

Author: BrezinaBorthwick339 | Filed under: About

Facebook is pushing for more email providers to use STARTTLS, a technology that encrypts emails as they pass between servers and clients, after an analysis showed that any SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server that adds the feature now would start encrypting over half of its outbound email traffic. STARTTLS is an extension for several communication protocols, including IMAP and POP3, SMTP, FTP and XMPP and allows a plain text connection to be upgraded to an encrypted one using the TLS (Transport Layer Security) or SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocols. Researchers at Facebook recently analyzed a day’s worth of the company’s email logs to determine how widely STARTTLS is deployed among email servers around the world.

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Facebook encourages email providers to deploy STARTTLS encryption to block spy agencies

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