The long-awaited functionality for its email services, Google, has now been revealed. Google is introducing end-to-end encryption for its Gmail on the web to improve privacy and increase the safety and security of email deliveries. Only Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Education Standard accounts—i.e., typical education accounts—can use the service, which is presently in beta.
Google stated that through January 20th, 2022, all enterprise users are eligible to join up for the Gmail client-side encryption beta. With the new client-side encryption for Gmail Web, user data and attachments will be secured and inaccessible to all other parties, including Google. As a result, the security of all sensitive user data in emails with wings would be improved.
“Sensitive information in the email body and attachments are rendered unreadable by Google servers thanks to client-side encryption in Gmail. Encryption keys are under the customer’s possession, and only the identity service can access them, “Google mentioned in the blog post.
Why end-to-end encryption in mail is helpful
Users’ email communications will be encrypted by the sender and only be able to be decrypted by the intended recipient on their device thanks to end-to-end encryption in Gmail. The emails and attachments exchanged with them cannot be interpreted or read by a third party, organization, or even Google’s email server.
Notably, Google currently offers client-side encryption on Google Calendar, Docs, Sheets, and Drive (beta). Now that the function is accessible to Workspace users. However, individual users would need to wait a little while before utilizing the feature with their Gmail accounts.
Users of the workspace will be able to send and receive encrypted emails inside or outside their domain once they sign up for client-side encryption. Google clarified that the new functionality encrypts email content and all attachments, including embedded photos. Google, however, will not encrypt the email’s header, which contains the topic, timestamps, and recipient lists.
How to start end-to-end encryption in Gmail
Users that register for the beta will only have access to the client-side encryption capability. The feature will be accessible once business users sign up for the test program, although it will initially be disabled. Users must navigate to the Admin panel > Security > Access and data control > Client-side encryption to enable end-to-end encryption at the domain, organizational unit, and Group levels.
Additionally, users can click the lock icon at the message window’s side to add client-side encryption to any letter. Select further encryption, after which you can continue to create your message and add attachments as usual.
Additionally, Google has stated that “in an upcoming update,” it will add client-side encryption to its Gmail app for Android and iOS.
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