Google keen to prove its security credentials

They're giving themselves an encryption review, and are offering $100,000 if you can hack a Chromebook...

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As the Apple vs. FBI battle rumbles on, keeping the issue of digital privacy firmly in the spotlight, Google is doing more than most to put its users at ease.

The Californian tech giant has now added a page to their frequently-updated Transparency Report tracking their encryption progress.

The 'HTTPS at Google' section will examine its performance as Google strives to achieve 100% encryption across products and services.

HTTPS is a mechanism for securing connections to websites.

Google says more than 75% of requests to its own servers now use encrypted connections, excluding YouTube traffic.

With Gmail and Google Drive both now using HTTPS connections as their default, the likes of Maps and Ads have passed the 75% barrier and News and Finance are lagging behind.

Remaining on the security front, Google has doubled the "bug bounty" on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.

The first hacker to remotely access the machine will earn themselves $100,000 for their troubles.

Making hackers work that bit more for the prize, the compromise must work on Chrome OS's guest mode and survive a system reboot.

Google's security team posted:

"Great research deserves great awards. We’re putting up a standing six-figure sum, available all year round with no quotas and no maximum reward pool".