There is some good news for medical practitioners who rely on Google’s Gmail for sending and receiving confidential information. Google has announced that their service has been upgraded to provide better security by encrypting all sent and received messages. This has been partly in response to information provided by Edward Snowden about the snooping powers of the American National Security Agency (NSA) on personal messages. These changes mean that “Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email. Gmail has supported HTTPS since the day it launched, and in 2010 we made HTTPS the default. [This] change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers—no matter if you're using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet” (Google’s Official Blog).
This of course is not fool proof and medical practitioners will still have to take some responsibility for their own security. However, this will give an added piece of mind when sending out confidential financial information which may contain some patient information.
Submitted on 26/03/2014
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