Google announced it End-to-end encryption Coming soon to Gmail on the web, which will allow Google Workspace users to send and receive encrypted emails.
The search giant already offers end-to-end encryption in Google Drive and Google Meet as well as in documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, though it refers to this feature as client-side encryption. Now, Google is bringing this security feature to Gmail on the web But it will be made available to business and education customers first.
in a New Publication (Opens in a new tab) On the Google Workspace blog, the company explains that Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Education Standard customers will be the first to get a chance to enable and experience end-to-end encryption in Gmail.
to me Computer (Opens in a new tab), the feature will work so that sensitive data contained in the body of the email message as well as in any attachments cannot be decrypted by Google’s servers. However, it should be noted that the email subject line, timestamps, and recipient list will not be encrypted.
Gmail end-to-end encryption beta
As is often the case with new features, end-to-end encryption for Gmail on the web will be released in beta first before it becomes generally available.
Eligible Google customers have until January 20, 2023 to apply for the beta and to do so, they will need to submit Gmail CSE Beta Test app (Opens in a new tab) It includes their email address, project ID, and test suite domain.
Since this feature is aimed at business and education users, it is likely that their organizations will be the ones to fill in this information and apply for the beta. However, you can point out that end-to-end encryption in Gmail on the web is something you’re concerned about for your IT department if you frequently discuss sensitive topics via email.
How to use end-to-end encryption in Gmail
Once you’ve accepted into the Google End-to-end coding beta test for Gmail, your Google Workspace admin will need to Follow these steps (Opens in a new tab) to enable the feature. Until then, the feature will be disabled by default but can be turned on by going to the Admin console > Security > Access and data control > Client-side encryption.
From here, you’ll be able to toggle end-to-end encryption for any email by clicking the padlock icon next to the recipients field in Gmail and clicking “On” under the Additional Encryption option. Writing and sending emails will be the same as you are used to in Gmail but now you get an extra layer of security.
Although end-to-end encryption in Gmail on the web will only be available to Google’s paid business and education customers, the feature may eventually roll out to personal Gmail accounts in the future.