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August 16, 2013

Google Adding Free Encryption to Cloud Storage Service

Google is beefing up security for its Cloud Storage as a free service to its users

Any new files added to Google’s cloud storage service will now be automatically encrypted before being written to disk.

“There is no setup or configuration required, no need to modify the way you access the service and no visible performance impact,” Google Cloud Storage product manager Dave Barth said in a blog post.

“The data is automatically and transparently decrypted when read by an authorized user. If you require encryption for your data, this functionality frees you from the hassle and risk of managing your own encryption and decryption keys.”

Barth said older files stored in Google’s cloud will gradually be encrypted and re-written to disk in the coming months.

Users also have the option of encrypting their own data before writing it to cloud storage.

Google is describing the additional security as an extra step in its “commitment to evolve the security capabilities of our platform.”