Email security is a major concern for most of the users, but it is a vital issue for the venture. Many email clients provide a base level of encryption, but it is of no value if the other person (sender or receiver) does not have a similar kind of protection. Keeping that in mind, Google has announced the support for end-to-end encryption with Gmail. It is the most important step for privacy and a major rage against mass surveillance.
Gmail users have to install a free and open Chrome plug-in known as End-to-End. The extension will provide an easier way for two independent providers to uphold end-to-end encryption of emails.
In end-to-end encryption the data which leaves your browser will be encrypted, until the message’s projected recipient decrypts it. After that, similar encrypted messages sent to you will remain that way, until you decrypt them in the browser.
Although end-to-end encryption tools like PGP and GnuPG have been around for a long time, they need a great deal of technical knowledge and manual effort to use. To make this kind of encryption a bit easier, Google has released code for a new Chrome extension that uses OpenPGP, an open standard supported by many existing encryption tools.
However, you won’t be able to find the End-to-End extension in the Chrome Web Store quite yet. The company has just share the code so that the community can test and assess it, helping you to ensure that it’s as secure as it wants to be before people start depending on it.
Once Google feels that the extension is thoroughly tested, they’ll make it available in the Chrome Web Store. Anyone can send and receive end-to-end encrypted emails via their existing web-based email provider.
We believe that this kind of encryption will perhaps only be used for very insightful messages or for those who require added protection. The End-to-End extension will make it faster and easier to get that extra sheet of security.