Google’s work on full encryption chugs along, with Yahoo’s help
Google is making progress developing a user-friendly tool for fully encrypting people’s messages on their computers, with coding help from Yahoo and a transition to GitHub.
Contributions from Alex Stamos, Yahoo’s chief security officer, and his team have been incorporated into an updated pre-release version of the browser extension announced Tuesday, Google said in a blog post.
Google cited progress in other areas for the project, which aims to give Internet users an easy-to-use tool for encrypting email messages. The tool would scramble people’s messages before they leave their browser and keep them that way until the recipient decodes them. Known as “end-to-end” encryption, it’s typically too complex for non-technical users but Yahoo, WhatsApp and others are developing products around it, in response to cybersecurity and spying concerns.