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Google has released the source code for a new extension for Chrome It called End-to End and it will provide users with the ability to encrypt their email the whole way from outbox to recipient.
According to the search giant, the new system uses the open-source encryption standard OpenPGP, and should make it easy for users to read encrypted emails that arrive in their inbox. It will obviously require both sender and receiver use End-to-End or another encryption tool-but the idea here is to make encryption more accessible.
Though end-to-end encryption tools like PGP and GnuPG are available, but they require a great deal of technical know-how and manual effort to use. Open PGP, however, remains remarkably labor-intensive and technically difficult to decrypt and is very much a flick of the bird to the NSA.
The search giant is yet to declare when the End-to-End will turn into a freely available extension, but those with a little know-how can already use it. The rest of them will have to wait a little while. But there’s hardly any doubt that when Google does roll this feature out in full, it will make end-to-end encryption way, way more widely used-and that’s a wonderful thing.