Hangouts are Encrypted in Transit, Reveals Google Security Executive
Online security and protection from is a grave concern in this digital age. While we’re busy in sending and receiving persona data online, we’re never really sure as to who just might be eavesdropping.
With Apple, the company has stated that its iMessage features end-to-end encryption, which theoretically puts a wall in front of anyone wanting to eavesdrop your conversation. With Google, however, the company has been avoiding questions relating to the security of its Hangouts application.
A recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) saw Google security executives Richard Salgado and David Lieber take part. For one user, this was a perfect opportunity to ask them “why has Google refused to be transparent about its ability to provide wiretaps for Hangouts? Given Google’s rather impressive track record regarding surveillance transparency, the total secrecy regarding the company’s surveillance capabilities for this product is quite unusual.”
His question was indeed answered and Salgado said that “Hangouts are encrypted in transit.”
That means that the information is only encrypted when it’s between your computer and Google’s servers. Once it has arrived at Google’s end, the information is fully accessibly by Google.
“In short, this is confirmation Google can wiretap Hangouts,” summarized another user in the AMA.
The information has been confirmed by Google and it may cause security buffs to rethink their usage of Hangouts, or perhaps simply be careful about what information you’re sending across Google’s services.