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Facebook encourages email providers to deploy STARTTLS encryption

Lucian Constantin | May 14, 2014
Facebook is pushing for more email providers to use STARTTLS, a technology that encrypts emails as they pass between servers and clients, after an analysis showed that any SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server that adds the feature now would start encrypting over half of its outbound email traffic.

The analysis carried out by the Facebook researchers shows that STARTTLS is already widely supported by email servers, even though there are certificate management issues that could be resolved.

"We see two high priority areas for improvement," the Facebook researchers said. "First, we encourage the industry to work together to develop better tools for preventing mismatched certificates. Second, we encourage everyone to deploy support for opportunistic encryption via STARTTLS."

"A system deploying STARTTLS support for the first time can expect more than half of its outbound email to be encrypted," they said.

 

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