If you ask Edward Snowden on how to protect your privacy from the NSA, he has always suggests the use of End-to-End encryption. Now one might ask what End-to-End encryption actually means. Let me first explain that.
E2EE (End-to-End Encryption) ensures that the sender of a message encrypts the messages such that only the intended recipient can decrypt and view the message, any third party is deprived access to the original unencrypted message.
There are many programs that allow the clients to make use of E2EE such as PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) for Mails, OTR for Instant Messaging. But setting up these programs won’t be easy for a normal internet user who wants to ensure his privacy.
Therefore Google took the initiative to make E2EE available for even the average web user, by introducing a Google Chrome Extension called “End-To-End“. It makes use of the OpenPGP program to encrypt, decrypt, digital sign, and verify signed messages all within the browser.
This Chrome extension is currently in Alpha stage and isn’t available in the Chrome Extensions repository.
The best part is that this extension works not only with Gmail but also with all Email providers. So in a way they seem to be doing this for the community instead of forcing users to shift to Gmail in order to use the extension.
But since the extension isn’t available for direct installation, its a bit tricky to install. You need to create a clone of the source and compile it into an extension on your own.
But Google has promised to release the extension for free into the Chrome store once it has fixed all the bugs and errors in it.
Hope the extension is out there for public soon!