Sunday, August 25, 2013

How to Encrypt your Gmail Messages with Google Docs

Lately, there has been a lot of chatter about email tracking and how government agencies are snooping on email conversations. If you would therefore like to keep your email private and would not like anyone else to read your confidential Gmail messages except for the recipient, you should consider encrypting your email before sending them.

There are a couple of browser extensions that help you encrypt Gmail but here we discuss a new and more simple Google Docs based encryption method that works across all browsers and requires no add-ons or apps. You secure your message with a strong password and the recipient will have to enter the same password in order to decrypt your message.

For the technically oriented, our Google Docs based solution encrypts (and decrypts) your email messages using the industry-standard AES algorithm which is implemented in Google Apps Script using SJCL, a JavaScript library for cryptography developed at Stanford.

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