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CNN – Google has beefed up the security of Gmail to protect its customers from NSA spying.

According to CNN, to accomplish the feat, Google secured how you connect to its servers.

Gmail is now strictly using a secure communications protocol called HTTPS, which encrypts your email on its entire journey: from your computer to Google, between Google's servers, and from Google to the person receiving your email.

On Thursday, top Gmail security engineer Nicolas Lidzborski, wrote about the upgrades in a blog post. He said the increased security was in response to disclosures about government surveillance made by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

CNN reports Google is trying to limit the abilities of the U.S. government's secretive PRISM program, which can spy on citizens' communications.

The NSA declined to comment.

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