How secure is your information? I don't ask this to scare you, but it is something that I feel we should all ask ourselves at one point or another. There are a lot of ways to steal information from the internet. Hackers can make short work of a shoddy firewall. Your emails are another thing that are at risk while online. There is much more information online than you could ever begin to imagine. All those little bits of data that we send-- messages, texts, emails, Facebook posts, Tweets, etc, are all information that can be taken from us if not protected adequately. For those of you who use Google Chrome, Google has just set you up with more adequate protection.
We send a lot of very personal information via email. We feel as if it might be a bit safer, simply due to the fact that it isn't directly handled by a human other than the receiver of the email. There is no postal service involved. That being said, there are some out there who know just how important some of the information in our emails is. These hackers can still get a hold of the information that is so important to you. All you need is to be sending an email talking about a new development project for your business and get that information taken from you via a hacker. That could be extremely detrimental to your business and your life. So with all of that being said, what is Google doing about it? Two words: Encryption Software.
While the plug-in isn't ready for consumer download via the Google Chrome app store, the new encryption software will help make your emails sent through Google more secure than ever. While Google already has it set up to offer HTTPS on its emails, their current data shows that, roughly, only half of the emails and message being sent are being sent and secured this way. Currently, the HTTPS helps secure the emails while they are in transit. The "TP" within the HTTPS stands for "transfer protocol", so that means that during the sending of the email, your email is protected. The new End-to-End software, however, will now be able to have your email encrypted while it's on your device or your recipient's device. As long as they are using Google Chrome and have the app downloaded, the emails will be safe and secure while resting on your computer.
There will be certain ways to encrypt and decrypt the emails, and it may take a bit more effort than most would like, but the appeal is in the added security. If you feel that the information you exchange with someone, whether it be family members or business partners, needs to remain private, using the encryption software won't be a big deal for you.
The source code for the software has been released to the community for review before the software is able to fully go live. Naturally, as soon as the software is all set up and ready to go, many businessmen and women who use Google Chrome may find it wise to download this app. It may be a bit more work, but there's nothing wrong with a little extra security, right?
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