Google now automatically encrypts all Google Cloud Storage data

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
Staff member
Google’s Cloud Storage service now encrypts all data before it is written to disk using the 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The search giant recently announced as much via their Cloud Platform blog, noting the change will come without additional...

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cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
For some reason that is still not very comforting! Knowing they could be ordered to decrypt (thats right, I don't put allot of faith in on-line encryption) and be gagged from telling anyone about it, doesn't sit well with me.
 

treeski

TS Evangelist
For some reason that is still not very comforting! Knowing they could be ordered to decrypt (thats right, I don't put allot of faith in on-line encryption) and be gagged from telling anyone about it, doesn't sit well with me.
Maybe not, but at least it's a system that prevents governement entities from "accidentally" picking up data. Not much you can do about official requests, but at least the paperwork will (hopefully) be there in those cases, allowing for some oversight.

I hope other cloud storage services follow suit.
 
G

Guest

Backtrack all you want google, from now on I'll just keep buying hard drives to keep backup of my stuff
im NEVER uploading anything to the cloud again, not google's or any other
 

TorturedChaos

TechSpot Chancellor
Since I started using email and then cloud storage, I have made a point to never put anything with important or sensitive information in it. I just don't trust it.
 
G

Guest

Jesus. they are encrypting it when it is written to the disk. HELLO???? anyone in there?
the NSA is intercepting traffic over the net, not going into the servers and copying it. This does absolutely nothing to stop that interception. This means it is encrypted once it arrives at its destination. data in flight is still at risk.
 
G

Guest

" they are encrypting it when it is written to the disk. HELLO???? anyone in there?
the NSA is intercepting traffic over the net, not going into the servers and copying it. This does absolutely nothing to stop that interception. This means it is encrypted once it arrives at its destination. data in flight is still at risk."


Yes, this is mostly pointless. In all honesty, I'm far less worried about one company systematically scanning emails, cloud files, ect than the MANY other entities out there on the net intercepting it. If I had to pick I'd rather the data be encrypted at all times or at least while it's moving. Why it's not encrypted is beyond me.