Yahoo,and Google join to create spy-free email systems

DE-BI224_yahoo_G_20140722012601Yahoo and Goole have joined hands to create a spy-free secure email system by next year that could make it nearly impossible for hackers or government officials to scan users messages, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Both companies say the encryption tool will be an optional feature that users will have to turn on.

It will rely on a version of PGP encryption, a long-tested form of encryption that has not yet been cracked. Unlike traditional webmail services that rely on tech companies holding passwords and usernames for consumer accounts, PGP relies on each user having their own encryption key stored on their laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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