25 Nov 2011
I just tried out GPG4Browsers in Google Chrome.
It is really easy to install in Chrome, just follow the steps on the website.
The Chrome plugin adds a little button in the adress field when you log in to Gmail that enables you to create a new encrypted message (and import keys from the keyserver of your choice and such).
It also detects if a message seems to be encrypted with PGP and ask you if you want to decrypt it.
So… what does this mean?
Well, it means that you can have encrypted conversations with people.
- This will stop Gmail from analyzing your emails and sending you directed ads.
- This will stop snooping people in your surrondings (at work, in school or whereever) from reading your email.
- This will stop people from being able to read your email if they get hold of your email password or your email server is hacked (they would also need your private key and your passphrase to the key)
- This will also protect the email from eavesdropping (if the person you email, or his email provider, doesn’t use propper TLS/properly encrypted wifi and so on).
NOTE: I have not reviewed the source code.