Google Is Making It Easier To Keep Email Messages Private

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BY LISA EADICICCO Google just announced that ’s rolling out a new feature to help keep your email messages more .

The has just released the code for a new tool that encrypts your emails until your intended recipient decrypts the message or her browser.

Encryption is a commonly used process encoding messages so that can’t be read by anyone but you— or whomever you decide to share with.

When data is encrypted, the body an email is changed from plain text to a string   unintelligible characters.

is typically encrypted while ’s being transferred to the recipient as an extra security measure.

If a hacker intercepts an email you’ve sent to your boss, for example, he or she wouldn’t be able to read its contents.

Google’s new Chrome extension called End-to-End encrypts leaving your browser until the intended recipient decrypts it. The extension works the same way around too.

The app isn’t available the Chrome Web Store  just yet, however. Google is releasing the source code for developers to gain feedback from its community before it launches the extension commercially.

End-to-end encryption is different standard encryption, or link encryption, that it can only be decrypted by an intended reader. The data stays encrypted for the entire duration its journey to the reader.

With link encryption, data is periodically decrypted at each hop during its path to the recipient so that the router knows where to send the next. Most data packets need to go through several routers to reach their destinations, and the term “hop” refers to this jump between different routers.

Google acknowledges that this technology has been available for a while, but it claims that its app will be much easier to other offerings:

While end-to-end encryption tools like PGP and GnuPG have been around for a long time, they require a great deal of technical know-how and manual effort to . To help this kind of encryption a bit easier, we’re releasing code for a new Chrome extension that uses OpenPGP, an open standard supported by many existing encryption tools.

End-to-end will work with any web-based email provider, but you’ll need to be working in Google’s Chrome browser to it.  (Business Insider)