Google Chrome Extension Lets Users Send Encrypted Emails
Google has plans to make its email more secure, using add-on encryption software that will work like any other extension for Google Chrome.
On its security blog Tuesday, Google announced it’s preparing a Chrome extension called End-to-End to make heavy-duty encryption easier for anyone to use.
HTTPS does protect Gmail messages while they’re in transit — the TP in HTTPS stands for “transfer protocol.” The OpenPGP standard Google is using in End-to-End will help secure Gmail messages while they’re at rest on the sender or receiver’s machine.
They’ll have to be encrypted and decrypted with public and private keys — so not quite as easy as refreshing your inbox — but as Google says, it will probably appeal to “those who need added protection.”
Google has released the source code for community review before it goes live.