Microsoft mulls stronger encryption of Internet traffic

In the face of NSA syping, software giant Microsoft is eyeing a stronger encryption and it is taking steps to protect the privacy of online communications.

Why a need for encryption of Internet traffic ?

The move by Microsoft is in the wake of revelations of vast online surveillance programs led by the US National Security Agency. Comparing US government surveillance to sophisticated malware and cyber attacks, the software giant  will encrypt Internet traffic traveling through its data centers. It is taking steps to ensure that any government surveillance of the Internet is conducted legally rather than by a technological subterfuge.

Technique used by Microsoft

Microsoft plans to switch over to stronger 2,048-bit encryption keys by the end of next year – a technology that reportedly takes ten years to crack in real time because of computing power constraints.



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