A couple of days ago Google started pushing encryption for e-mail. No, we are not talking about the typical https connection required for Gmail. We are talking about actually encryption of email as it moves from server to server using TLS (Transport Layer Security). In simplest terms this method creates connections between servers using a secure tunnel to each other for the purposes of transmitting the message. Once the message has been passed to the destination server the tunnel closes. However, despite the length of time TLS has been around not many companies use.
The internet is not a safe and secure place (I know this is a HUGE surprise to everyone), but many do not know just how insecure the system is and how continued legislation to “make it more secure” is actually hurting. Although we could write a small novel about the dangers of allowing corporate interests and government officials who have no working knowledge of how the internet works to change things, we will concentrate on one issue here and one that many people do not even know is broken.