SecureGmail: Send Encrypted Emails from GMail with Google Chrome

SecureGmail: Send Encrypted Emails from GMail with Google Chrome

Now a days sending/receiving secure emails to/from is a bit challenging task for everyone. Even if we more cautious, some time we will be easily get hacked or our messages will be stolen by hackers. Google chrome has a cool Gmail add-on called SecureGmail to protect our mails from stealing by hackers.

The only downside side is you and the recipient should have installed the Google Chrome and same SecureGmail add-on version and this add-on is only for Gmail. If you use Firefox or some other browser, then this won’t help you. Let us see how to send a secure email from Gmail using Chrome add-on.


SecureGmail encrypts and decrypts emails you send in Gmail. This happens all on your machine, and the message can’t be read by Google servers or any third party unless they have the password. This is useful if you don’t want anyone but the intended recipient to ever read your email (i.e. companies, governments, etc). SecureGmail uses symmetric encryption to encrypt and decrypt each message. The password is decided by the user and assumes the recipient already knows it. So select a more complicated password that can’t be guessed/hacked easily and make sure that no body knows your password except the recipient.

Install SecureGmail Add-on

Go to Google Chrome Webstore by navigating to link. Enter SecureGmail in the search box. And click ADD TO CHROME link.

Chrome Web Store - securegmail - Chromium_005It will ask you a confirmation message to install the add-on, Click Add. Now the SecureGmail add-on has been added to your Chrome browser.

Now login to your Gmail account. You will see a lock icon next to the compose button as shown in the below screen shot.

Selection_007Click On the lock icon next to Compose button, a new compose button will open. Enter the recipient address, Subject and email message. once you finished, hit Send Encrypted.

Selection_008Enter the Encryption password and password hint. Now click on Encrypt & Send button.

Selection_009Now the recipient will receive your encrypted message in her/his inbox. Once he/she click on the message, the message body will be as shown below. Click On Decrypt message with password link.

Selection_010Now it will ask the encryption password.

Selection_011Once the recipient entered the encryption password and hit on Decrypt, he/she will able to view the message.

Selection_012Thats it. This is not only the best way to send secure mails. There are many. This seems very easy than others. Enjoy!!!

  • Padhu

    I am always using Firegpg with thunder bird, It is great

  • PeterRetief

    great tip, I will notify all my paranoid friends

  • SK

    Cool Padhu. You always send us some worth tips. Much Appreciated. Thanks.

  • Mark J

    I have Enigmail that I use with Thunderbird which uses GPG (the Gnu Privacy Guard) and that works pretty well. I only sign outgoing e-mails right now as I don’t know anyone else who’s using encrypted e-mail right now. At least my e-mail can’t be tampered with without detection.

  • loomsen

    Mailvelope is a rather nice extension, too.

  • Chris Jones

    Nice article SK. This is such a common question for Gmail users all the time.

  • Vonnie Hudson

    For some reason I installed the Secure Gmail extension on my Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116m browser but whenever I open Gmail in my browser I never have the option to send encrypted email.

  • Vonnie Hudson

    Ahh I forgot to click the white padlock by the Compose button.

  • Enock Seth

    Great tutorial SK.

  • Deanna

    We have installed and click on the lock icon however the “send encrypted” button is nowhere to be found. it just looks and acts like a regular email. Anyone know what’s wrong?

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