This government-is-reading-all-my-emails thing is becoming more serious day by day. When all the techies have the know-how and corporations have the money-how, it is us, the commoners who are left out. But Google is working on something for us all.
Google is building a Chrome extension to help users encrypt their email communication without learning any geeky stuff.
Today, we’re adding to that list the alpha version of a new tool. It’s called End-to-End and it’s a Chrome extension intended for users who need additional security beyond what we already provide.
“End-to-end” encryption means data leaving your browser will be encrypted until the message’s intended recipient decrypts it, and that similarly encrypted messages sent to you will remain that way until you decrypt them in your browser.
List of Good-to-Know Things
Here are a few important things to note:
- It is called End-toEnd
- To be released as a Chrome extension
- Project is opensource
- Covered by the Google bug hunting program, and that means, you get paid for finding bugs
- End-To-End implements the OpenPGP standard, IETF RFC 4880, enabling key generation, encryption, decryption, digital signature, and signature verification.
- You can find more technical details describing how we’ve architected and implemented End-to-End here.
Once the project is ready, Google will release the extension on the Chrome Web Store. It is most likely to support most of the popular email services of the day.
Thank you guys!