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Microsoft Secures Azure Data with Enhanced Encryption

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Microsoft — like Google — is beating the drum on security. It is enhancing the encryption of data transfers between users and the Azure cloud guest operating systems. 

The encryption improvements, which apply to Microsoft Azure cipher solution for hosted guest virtual machines, gives users better and more secure connections during the transmission of data.

According to a Microsoft blog post the new enhancements apply to the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Socket Layer (SSL), which makes it harder to decrypt connections and information going across such connections.

This follows  recent moves by Google to secure and encrypt emails. In the coming weeks, it announced that it will publishing a list of best practices in the coming weeks to make Transport Layer Security (TLS) adoption easier and to avoid common mistakes.

Google and Yahoo Ally to Keep Email Snoopers Out

Thumbnail image for Google Secures Gmail  June 6 2014.jpgGoogle and Yahoo are unlikely bedfellows. But yesterday at the annual Black Hat security conference the two announced they were teaming up to keep government and commercial snoopers out of users’ emails.

By 2015, the two promise that not only will it be near impossible to hack or view either Yahoo mail or Gmail, it will also be possible to encrypt emails between Yahoo and Gmail, accounting for a huge amount of email traffic across the Web.

This follows yesterday’s announcement from Google that it will be giving secure websites higher search rankings

Google Will Reward Secure Websites with Better Rankings

Google has confirmed plans to give higher search rankings to sites that are deemed more secure. In a blog post on Google’s Online Security blog, it announced it will favor websites that are using HTTPS encryption by default and that it will be rolling this out across all its algorithms.

Google Claims It's Making Gmail More Secure

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It’s just about a year now since former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden confirmed what many suspected already: that governments around the world systematically spy on email.

Ever since, technology companies have been working steadily to develop security apps to prevent or at least minimize the potential for snooping. In two significant announcements this week, Google moved closer to securing Gmail.

According to a blog post by Brandon Long, tech lead at the Gmail Delivery Team, Google is  close to releasing new end-to-end encryption standards on Gmail that will effectively stop unwanted and unauthorized access to users’ email.

Google's New Terms of Service Raise Privacy Concerns

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Google has more rights to the personal content users share than most people may have realized.

In its recently updated terms of service, the company acknowledges that it not only scans email, but retains the right to use personal content for marketing and internal development purposes.

If that's not enough to make you jittery, consider this: There could be even less privacy down the line. Google has significant mobile ambitions, including its modular smartphone dubbed Project Ara. Google previewed the phone, now in the earliest stages of development, at a developer event in Santa Clara, Calif. this week.

Cell phones pose multiple privacy problems, including lack of anonymity, location tracking and easy interception.

Microsoft Tries to Lure Small Business from Gmail, But What About Yahoo Mail?

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Boasting claims of improved productivity and communications, Microsoft is offering a new Outlook.com tool to help small business users switch from Gmail.

Microsoft might also want to offer a similar feature for Yahoo Mail customers after recent problems that just seem to be growing worse. 

Microsoft Offers Outlook.com, Skype Integration in US, Canada, 4 Other Countries

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Microsoft has announced that the integration of Skype and Outlook.com is now finally available in the US and Canada, as well as a number of European countries, having announced a preview version of the integration in the UK at the end of April. 

Doc Mgmt Roll-up: Microsoft Outlook.com's Outage, Axceler Offers Yammer, SharePoint Support

Document Management,Microsoft Outlook.com's Outage, Axceler Offers Yammer, SharePoint SupportA couple of notable points this week in the document management space, including the outage of Microsoft Outlook.com, will be of concern to many business users. HP-Autonomy is back with an upgrade to LiveVault, while Axceler’s ViewPoint offers Yammer and SharePoint support and Layer2 is helping SharePoint users find information. Lets take a look ...

Google Says Gmail Users Shouldn't Expect Privacy

google, gmail, privacy, information management If you always suspected that Google was reading your emails, in a legal motion filed in a California court, Google admits that it is indeed doing just that. And ... it says that users should not expect the content of their emails to be private.

 

Microsoft Slams Door on Outlook.com Linked Accounts Due to Security Weakness

Microsoft Shuts Down Outlook Linked AccountsMicrosoft kills linked accounts functionality in Outlook.com

When Microsoft introduced Outlook.com as a Hotmail replacement that was equally good as both a personal and business email service, it also introduced linked accounts. Microsoft, however, has changed its mind about linked accounts and will scrap this functionality at the end of July.

Microsoft Brings Google Chat to Outlook.com, SkyDrive

Microsoft Brings Google Chat to Outlook.com, SkyDrive

Launch a Gchat session right from an Outlook.com email message with the Google contacts integration.

Google's instant messaging service has been integrated into the Microsoft universe, at least when it comes to the Web based Outlook.com and the cloud based SkyDrive storage app.

Microsoft Kills Hotmail, Outlook.com Now Has 400 million Active Accounts

The move form Hotmail to Outlook.com is over. It's official. According to a post on the Microsoft Office blog, everyone on Hotmail has been upgraded and everyone that doesn't already have access to the features Microsoft has been adding over the past months will be given access in the coming months.

Microsoft Brings Skype to Outlook.com

In another small step forward for Outlook.com, Microsoft has announced that it is making Skype available through the Outlook.com interface. However, unless you are part of a small group of people in the UK that have been offered access to a small beta test, you will have to wait until a little bit later in the year for the new functionality.

Microsoft Upgrades Outlook.com Android App, Includes Mail Threads, Cleaner Interface

In light of the ongoing change-over from Hotmail to Outlook.com, news from Microsoft that it has upgrade its Outlook.com app for Android.

Document Mgt Roll-up: Resolving Outlook.com Problems, Metalogix's Big SharePoint Files

This week has been a busy one for Microsoft. Outlook.com went down because of overheating in data centers while there have been a couple of releases for SharePoint including Metalogix for big files and ShareVault’s document transfer for SharePoint. Kofax has also upgraded is capture capabilities.

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