Encrypt messages in Gmail is one of the best strategies that exist to send confidential messages within the platform. In fact, it allows you to be sure that no other person will eavesdrop on the information you send via email. However, encryption is a function that is only available for paid Google accounts..
Encrypting data is an efficient method that optimizes the security of emails to shield the message they contain.
Below, you will find how you can activate mail security protocols to make it possible to encrypt messages in Gmail if you have a paid Google account. There are two efficient methods that will make it possible to have protected and private conversations.
Encrypt Gmail messages with S/MIME
Unfortunately, enabling end-to-end encryption with S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) for your conversations through Gmail is an option available only to paying users.
Therefore, this method can be used on Enterprise and Education accounts. You simply need to log in as an administrator to the Google account settings and enable the S/MIME standard. This will allow you to secure both the message and the attachments.
For encryption to be successful, the recipient must also enable the aforementioned encryption technology. At the same time, it should be noted that this is a highly effective method, which is why many large companies use it. In addition, S/MIME is compatible with other email platforms such as Outlook.
Gmail messages encrypted with PGP
PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is the recommended encryption method to implement encryption of your Gmail messages. This technology must be used through third-party software, such as the Mailvelope browser extension. The installation and configuration process of such an add-on is extremely simple, practically automatic, to be honest.
On the other hand, as with the previous method, the recipient of the message must also have Mailvelope or other similar software on their system for end-to-end encryption to be carried out successfully. Also, you should note that this method can only be implemented on your computer, for now it is not possible to apply the trick on smartphones.