The Internet is far from a safe place. Not only do we come across threats on a day-to-day basis, but we also see people being affected by not focusing on their online safety and their data. If you are now protective of it, the chances are it might end up in the hands of someone who could harm you.
One major source of hacking and information leaks is emails. Although services like Gmail are secure, especially if you use 2FA with your account, Google has added a way to send encrypted emails, making the email experience even more secure, especially for people vulnerable to leaks and security threats.
But before we tell you how to send such emails, it’s important to note that you will need a paid Google Workspace account to do so. Once you have a Google Workspace account—you will be able to send encrypted emails on Android, iOS, and even desktop.
Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions or S/MIME ensures that only the sender and receiver of the email can access the contents—preventing third-party entities such as hackers and snooping agents from gaining access to your email’s contents.
How To Enable Encrypted Emails:
- Open Gmail and navigate to the Google Admin console.
- Select Apps and head to Google Workspace. Then, go to User Settings.
- Click on the domain name of the particular Google Workspace account.
- Once you’ve completed these steps, you should have successfully activated S/MIME encryption.
- You can now use S/MIME Encryption to send encrypted emails.
- While sending emails, you will see a lock icon next to the recipients’ names while composing. A red lock means it isn’t encrypted, while a green lock means you are good to go.
It’s worth noting that not everyone has access to a Google Workspace account. In that case, other options like Confidential Mode can come in handy.