iCloud emails are now encrypted from prying eyes while in transit

iCloud settings on an iPad Air

Apple has quietly implemented in-transit encryption for iCloud emails. Emails sent to or from an @icloud.com or @me.com address are now encrypted. Previously Apple only encrypted emails sent between iCloud addresses. The encryption will help to secure emails moving between servers from snooping, particularly on the part of the government.

The encryption was picked up by, of all people, Google. While iCloud emails likely don't consitute a huge percentage of the emails sent and received through Gmail, a full 73% of the Gmail's outbound messages are encrypted, while 56% of those received are. In the past six months the encryption rate has roughly doubled on both ends.

It's good to see Apple taking steps to ensure the privacy of its users communications. How else would you like to see Apple address privacy on the web?

Source: Google Transparency Report; Via: TUAW

Derek Kessler

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iCloud emails are now encrypted from prying eyes while in transit

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Derek, please stop using the word "quietly", ESPECIALLY when it comes to this story.

Apple publicly stated a couple of weeks ago they were going to implement this. This wasn't a surprise and they weren't trying to do this without anyone knowing.

Apple, as well as a bunch of other Enterprise companies, make changes to their infrastructure on a DAILY basis. Just because they don't put out a release statement after every little change they make, doesn't mean that somehow they are trying to do something without anyone knowing. Anyways, this is a pet-peeve of mine and I get sick and tired of people using "quietly" just because there wasn't some major event announcing a change in something.

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"While iCloud emails likely don't consitute a huge percentage of the emails sent and received through Gmail, a full 73% of the Gmail's outbound messages are encrypted, while 56% of those received are."

So you can send and receive encrypted iCloud emails using Google's Gmail servers? Is that what you're trying to say? Not sure here.

Note that the article doesn't include the fact that all aliased emails tied to an iCloud account are encrypted in transit. This includes ".mac.com" addresses, not just ".me.com" and ".icloud.com".