June 14, 2009

Encrypt your Gmail with Firefox extension using PGP (GPG)

Posted in Intermediate at 10:00 am by gloriouscomputing

In this age of digital surveillance, simple steps to protect your privacy should not be ignored.

If you are using Firefox and Gmail (OS-Independent, I believe), you have no excuse not to use PGP encryption when emailing with friends.

With the help of the FirePGP Firefox extension, encrypting your email in a way that only your intended recipient can read is just another button in Gmail.

Ideally, PGP should be a standard that everyone uses by default, but with internet innovation spreading to the masses coming mostly from those who profit from data collection (Google), I don’t see that becoming a reality in the foreseeable future. So, unfortunately, you won’t be able to encrypt all your email; Only those that are going to people who also use PGP.

Well, it’s time we increase the number of PGP users then! Step-by-step tutorial here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Encrypt-your-Gmail-Email/

Update: On Windows, for Step 2 of this guide, just download GPG from http://gpg4win.org

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