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Gmail Was Down For an Average of Two Hours Last Year, Google Says

And it was probably the two hours when you most needed to talk shit about your coworkers.

All hail. [via Robert Scoble, CC BY 2.0]

All hail. [via Robert Scoble, CC BY 2.0]

Doesn’t it always feel like Gmail is having trouble when you absolutely need it most? Turns out it’s probably just your imagination.

Google claims that in 2013, Gmail was up and running 99.978 percent of the time. This means that during an entire year, the average gmail account saw two combined hours of downtime.

A large part of that 0.022 percent probably came out of the downtime this past September. When Gmail goes down, it typically doesn’t go down for everyone, and last September’s downtime affected less than 50 percent of gmail users.

If only all of Google’s services were quite so stable and reliable.

The post about Google’s security and stability is part of an announcement that Google will now always use HTTPS encryption when emails are sent and checked.

“This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail’s servers, but also as they move between Google’s data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations,” Google said in the post.

By “last summer’s revelations,” they are presumably referring to all that business about the NSA.

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