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Many Internet users have been using Yahoo VPNs for almost a year now. Since the NSA PRISM program, they decided to protect their traffic with VPN encryption. Now Yahoo has finally announced a move to encrypt user data. This will protect users on Yahoo’s end to complete the circle.
Yahoo Data Encryption
It has been ten months since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the government’s data spying programs. Yahoo was one of nine major Internet companies that were found to have been handing over user data to the NSA. User trust was shattered after this disclosure because they were never informed about the data sharing arrangement. People have since begun moving over from the implicated companies to more secure service providers. But then the NSA started forcing the more famous private email and storage services to shut down.
What people have been needing is not more companies to give them data security. They don’t need to be transferring all their files and changing emails. They just don’t need the hassle and worry. They need their service providers to make good on their promises to keep their data secure. Yahoo’s announcement regarding user data encryption is overdue, but good news nonetheless.
Yahoo has a new chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, who promised data security last week. He said that his final goal is to provide total traffic security on Yahoo through encryption. Alex Stamos was a strong detractor of the NSA spy programs, even before signing on to lead the Yahoo security team. The encryption measures that he is implementing for Yahoo services will make mass user data gathering very difficult.
HTTPS is already the default setting for Yahoo.com and its search engine. All the user data that goes from the website and services to Yahoo servers is encrypted. This includes Good Morning America on Yahoo, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo News, and Yahoo Sports. Encryption will be enabled by using “https://” before the service’s URL. Yahoo mail sent to and from other email providers is now encrypted as well. Yahoo Messenger encryption is in the works, and is expected to be released in a few months. This is to prevent the government from spying on chats by intercepting the traffic stream.
Yahoo VPNs protect users from their end. They provide data and traffic encryption for communications sent and received. Yahoo VPNs are how people take control of their data to keep it away from prying eyes. VPNs are today the preferred personal Internet security tools. Yahoo VPNs have evolved to provide Internet users with simple yet powerful means to secure online privacy. VPN implementation used to be complex, but today people don’t need to know about configurations and network maintenance. They can use Yahoo VPNs of the plug-and-play variety and get reliable online privacy protection.
Yahoo is also working with many of their partners to ensure widespread traffic encryption. They want to make sure that surveillance attempts are thwarted every step of the way. But this is a huge endeavor and will take time and trust in these partners. For better security now, users can continue to run their personal Yahoo VPNs. This way, they are in control of data and traffic security. They don’t have to put their trust in the different services connected with Yahoo. The Snowden revelations have taught us that the NSA has a habit of threatening services that advocate online data privacy. Yahoo VPNs like ExpressVPN do not process any user data to share. And they have proven to stand strong against these pressures to expose their customers’ data.