HTTPS - Can my Employer/ISP read my Gmail / WhatsApp Web messages

by PrintlnParams   Last Updated October 11, 2018 16:00 PM

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Can the server admins / ISP / anyone else read the content of my Gmails, WhatsApp Web messages, or any other communications on platforms that use HTTPS?

My understanding of HTTPS is that it is not possible but I'm not entirely sure.

  • If it is possible, how easy would it be to do so?
  • If it's not possible, is there any software that an employer might install on the network / employee PCs to break, beat or otherwise overcome the encryption of HTTPS?
  • If not through software, what other means might an employer make use of to overcome HTTPS?
Tags : security https


Answers 1


All communications that use HTTPS protocol means everything is encrypted between you and the server (remote end) so right out of the box they can't read your information. If you store the information locally (on your computer) applications create databases to store information and they probably could play with that to make it readable but if you are just on the web from your phone/computer you're safe. Also, the ISP can only see the traffic/domains you're visiting but not the actual content.

Humberto Castellon
Humberto Castellon
October 11, 2018 15:56 PM

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