When sending a private email, you want to make sure it’s going to the right person, especially if the email contains your personal information.
Sending regular emails containing core personal information such as bank details, your home address, etc. can be an immediate risk.
If you use Gmail, today is your lucky day because the email service has developed a new encryption service that should make the messages you send more secure.
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What does Gmail’s new encryption service do?
The experts at Gmail are adding a new end-to-end encryption service that allows registered Google Workspace people to send encrypted email both inside and outside their domain. This is important because email encryption is a way to make a message more secure because only the sender and recipient of the email can read it.
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The sender and recipient will have special key codes and only these codes will be able to unlock the email. The only way outsiders will be able to read the messages is if they obtain these key codes.
Once encryption is set up, Google servers cannot access your encryption key or decrypt your data, so your information remains completely private. The only information that won’t be encrypted are your email headers, including subject, timestamp, and recipient list.
When and how to set up Gmail’s new encryption service?
The new encrypted service will start from January 20, 2023. To use this encryption service, you must have Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, or Education Standard. If you use any of these services, you can sign up for the Gmail CSE beta by filling out their form Test application form. The form is pretty basic and just asks for your email address, project ID, test group domain, and a few other pieces of information.
Once you’ve been notified that your account is ready, here’s how to set up the Gmail CSE beta
- Log in Google Admin Console Use a super administrator account
- go Safety > client side encryption
- click Google mailbox
- In the left panel, select Groups submitted by you In your Gmail CSE registry
- put user access arrive exist. New settings can take up to 24 hours to take effect, but usually sooner
What if I’m not a Google Workspace user?
If you are not a Google Workspace user and just have a regular Gmail account, this end-to-end encryption will be available in a future release. However, all email sent between people who also have Gmail is encrypted by default using Gmail’s transport encryption service.
is also called transport layer security, which protects your mail from being read by people who have access to the network that e-mail travels from sender to destination. However, this only works if the other email provider supports TLS encryption and does not encrypt emails while they are stored on the server.
Can I encrypt my emails with Gmail?
Gmail doesn’t offer an option to encrypt emails with services like PGP or Password Protect Mail.However, Gmail does allow people to email confidential mode. This helps protect private and sensitive information from unauthorized access by allowing you to set expiration dates for messages or revoke access at any time. Recipients of these emails may not forward, copy, download or print any content contained in the emails. This is not the same as encryption, although it adds an extra layer of privacy for your peace of mind while using it.Here’s how to send an email via Gmail confidential mode:
- log into your gmail account
- click write
- In the lower right corner of the window, open the Top secret By toggling the lock icon mode.If you have turned on confidential mode for your email, go to the bottom of the email and click edit.
- set a expiration date and password. These settings affect the message text and any attachments
If you choose “No SMS password”, Recipients using the Gmail app will be able to open it directly.Recipients who do not use Gmail will receive their password via email
If you select “SMS password”, Recipients will get the password via text message.Make sure you enter the recipient’s phone number, not your own
- If you choose “No SMS password”, Recipients using the Gmail app will be able to open it directly.Recipients who do not use Gmail will receive their password via email
- If you select “SMS password”, Recipients will get the password via text message.Make sure you enter the recipient’s phone number, not your own
- click save
What private and secure email options do I have now that allow me to encrypt my email?
Our top picks for private and secure email are start mail – It’s all about privacy. StartMail keeps your emails private because every email is encrypted, even if the recipient isn’t using encryption. This means Big Tech can never read, scan, collect, analyze or sell your personal information from emails.
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StartMail also prevents government agencies from spying on you – like in a dragnet operation, so not even Big Brother can snoop on your emails. Also, if you delete an email, it’s effectively deleted and gone forever.
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