2048-Bit Encryption And “Perfect Forward Secrecy” Hopes To Slow Down The NSA

Posted By on November 17, 2013

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has determined that known computing power won’t be able to break 2048-bit encryption until at least 2030. Anyone willing to bet it happens much sooner….

NSA (National Security Agency) spy programs have “the great potential for doing serious damage to the competitiveness” of U.S. companies, Richard Salgado, Google’s director of law enforcement and information security, told a Senate subcommittee Nov. 13.

Yahoo will make encrypted connections standard by January for all its Mail users with 2048-bit digital keys, Sarah Meron, a spokeswoman for the Sunnyvale, California-based company, said in an e-mail.

Facebook, in addition to moving toward 2048-bit encryption keys, is accelerating a tactic known as “perfect forward secrecy” that prevents the NSA from deciphering the communications of users if it obtains a security code, Jodi Seth, a company spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

Google has led the industry in adopting security practices, and made security changes back in 2010.

For more understanding of the NSA, click on the blue highlight…..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency

Sources: Wise Dog Research, Bloomberg

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