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Mailvelope. Open source email encryption for all major webmail

Mailvelope Compose Mail window.  Bring this up by clicking the pencil icon in the Gmail New Message window.

Mailvelope Compose Mail window. Bring this up by clicking the pencil icon in the Gmail New Message window. Click the padlock icon to encrypt.

I just installed Mailvelope on Gmail using a free Chrome extension. Mailvelope is an open source PGP implementation of encryption that works easily, seamlessly, and is quite secure. It comes prefigured for Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, and GMX. You can add others.

PGP email allows you to send encrypted email to someone who is also using PGP. Here’s how it works. If I want to send encrypted email to you, we both create a PGP key and use each others public key to encrypt to each other. Decryption is done by using your private key which only you can unlock by using your secret passphrase. This may sound complicated. However Mailvelope makes it easy and does the work for you. So do other PGP clients.

encrypt

Encrypted message appears after clicking the padlock icon. Click Transfer to copy it back to Gmail New Message window

In Gmail, it adds a little icon to the email edit window. Click the icon to pop up a Mailvelope edit window. Compose your email in it. Click the padlock icon, add you it is going to. It will encrypt the message. Click transfer to copy it to the regular email edit window. Add the recipient and send

Here’s my PGP key.

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