(CNET) Internet infrastructure company Cloudflare has joined an effort to come up with new “post-quantum” algorithms that’ll extend today’s security protections. Cloudflare has begun testing new encryption technology in partnership with Google Chrome to try to figure out what’s most practical in the real world. And it’s released an open-source software package called CIRCL — the Cloudflare Interoperable Reusable Cryptographic Library — to let it and anyone else evaluate post-quantum encryption progress.
Cloudflare is trying to quantum-proof TLS, the encryption technology formerly called SSL that’s used to secure connections between your web browser and the server hosting a website like Gmail, Amazon or DuckDuckGo so someone snooping network traffic can’t see your sensitive data.
“We hope that this experiment helps choose an algorithm with the best characteristics for the future of the internet,” Cloudflare cryptography developer Kris Kwiatkowski said.