SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21: Cars drive by a Yahoo billboard October 21, 2008 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Yahoo announced it will be encrypting its data and move to encrypting data in its features, namely Yahoo Messenger, according to a report.
Yahoo said it had been encrypting its data centers since March 31, but that it also plans to ad more encryption to its services such as Yahoo Messenger in the next few months. Now users can use an encrypted version of Yahoo News, Sports and Finance.
"Our goal is to encrypt our entire platform for all users at all time, by default," Alex Stamos, Yahoo's chief information security officer wrote in the company blog.
Stamos told reporters that recent reports of government monitoring spurred the company to more security measures, according to The Verge.
"The impetus for the huge push is obviously government revelations," Stamos said. "The side effect is that the protections we're putting in place protect in a lot of different scenarios."