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August 16, 2013

Google Adding Free Encryption to Cloud Storage Service

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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.”

4 Responses to “Google Adding Free Encryption to Cloud Storage Service

    Google Drive doesn’t support file encryption natively. But where there is a will there is a way – basically you have to encrypt your files before you save them to Drive. You can use BoxCrytor to do it easily (there are other services, but this is the one I am familiar with).

    it’s mostly a marketing feature. saying mostly because the KGB (they fully earned this nickname) is not the only threat.

    avatar fuktskada says:

    Interesting to see … thank you it’s well done :)

    avatar Vattenskada says:

    Excellently written article, if only all bloggers offered the same level of content as you, the internet would be a much better place. Please keep it up!

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