Gmail is relatively secure email service by Google and is one of the best free email service providers. Although Gmail is secure, you can make it more secure by sending encrypted emails in Gmail. If you want to send email more securely from the Gmail account, you can make use of a Google Chrome extension called as SecureGmail. In today’s round, we will be showing you how to send encrypted emails in Gmail.
SecureGmail is a Google Chrome extension allowing you to send encrypted emails from your Gmail account. What it does is, it encrypts your email by giving you a password, which you have to send it to the receiver or recipient. The receiver can only open or read the email by entering the password that you have sent him/her to. Once the receiver enters a correct password, your email will be decrypted and visible to the recipient. This way you can be sure that your emails are not being read by the unauthorized person.
How to Send Encrypted Emails in Gmail
Step 1: Go to Chrome store and install SecureGmail extension by clicking on Free and then on Add. Once the extension added successfully, you can proceed with step 2. Restart your Chrome browser.
Step 2: Now Login to your Gmail account by entering username and password.
Step 3: If you have successfully signed in, you should see a lock icon beside compose button in Gmail. Click on it to compose a secure message.
Step 4: Enter recipients, subject, your message and Click on Send Encrypted.
Step 5: Next you will be asked to enter a new password for this Email. Enter your password and a hint. Make sure you note down the password as you would require it again.
Step 6: Click on Encrypt & Send to send your Email.
Step 7: Send encrypted password to the receiver through your mobile or text message.
Step 8: Receiver should open the message and click on “Decrypt message with password” link shows inside the email.
Step 9: Enter password for the encrypted email, and you should be able to read the email.
Note: Both the sender and the receiver must have installed SecureGmail extension to encrypt and decrypt the message. So, ask the recipient to install the extension before or after you send the email.
This was about how to send encrypted emails in Gmail. Extensions like SecureGmail adds an extra layer of security to your emails by encrypting them and keeps your data secure from cyber attacks. It is an open source extension, so if you are a developer then you can look for bugs (if any) and make it more secure. Try this extension and let us know your views in the comments.