How to encrypt a message over Gmail?

In all honesty, sending any kind of message over the internet always comes with its own sets of risks. This peril grows up to about 10 folds when it comes to important emails. Gmail is one of those email applications that provide a superficially safe passage for such messages. Therefore, it does behoove one well if an email encryption is in order.

To that end, Gmail customer Support has come up with some steps that would help you encrypt the important emails for optimal protection.

But before we delve into hiding the messages, we have got a full comprehension of what the term encryption means.


The titular means, altering the surface of any message or an entity so as it hide it from the unintended. To this end, the term “cryptography” has existed since the beginning of the concept of communication. This alteration is called encryption.

Steps to encryptyour Gmail:-

There are multiple possibilities when it comes to encryption. The most favorable one is the third part web based Encipher it.

  • Navigate to the “Encipher it” website
  • Book mark the first page you see.
  • Go to your Gmail account, and start composing an email.
  • After the message is complete written, click on the “Encipher it” bookmark and input your desired key.
  • The extension would tell you the strength of your key. From then on
  • You can click on “Encipher it” to enter the cypher text (when you are satisfied) and
  • Send the email.

The following steps pertain to complete the titular task using chrome browser. To this end, we use the “Secure Gmail” extension.

  • Go to the extension page and install “Secure Gmail”.
  • After the installation is complete, click on “add it to chrome”.
  • Now sign in to your titular account.
  • There is a lock button beside the “compose” button. After this, enter the data in the left out fields’ i.e. recipient addresses.
  • Compose the body of the message and click on the “send encrypted” button.
  • Enter the cypher text in the extension pop up you recently installed.
  • Select “encrypt and send”, and optionally, enter the hint to the key that only the receiver might know.

In the case of Firefox, the extension is much more unsubtly named “Encrypted Communication”. The methodology to apply this is the same as the previous explained browsers. But for the sake of consistency, the steps to these are given below:

  • Go to the add-on section of the Firefox
  • Download and install the “encrypted communication” Add-on.
  • The difference of the implementation arrives here. Unlike the previous browsers, the add-on utilities have to be in complete sink in the case of Firefox. To that end, restart the browsing application. This would optimally sink in the utilities.
  • After that is done, Sign in to your Gmail account and compose your mail.
  • Contextually select the message body and click on the recently installed add-on and then click on encrypt.
  • You would be prompted to enter a password in the pop up window.
  • Enter the password and then click on “OK”.

Encryption is a fairly atypical process. Therefore, understanding its roots is important too. To that end, if you have any further queries contact Gmail customer support Australia for further assistance.

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