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How to Encrypt Email in Gmail


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    Easily Encrypt Gmail with Virtru

    While Gmail encrypts email over their network, Gmail encryption only protects data that is on their servers – not while it is bouncing around on other servers on the Internet, meaning that your data is still vulnerable unless you adopt a solution that provides end-to-end email encryption.

    Unfortunately, most methods, such as PGP and S/MIME, are complicated to setup and impossible to use without first exchanging keys or certificates with whoever it is you’re trying to send email to.

    Luckily, there is a much easier alternative to Gmail encryption. Virtru is a slick and easy way to encrypt Gmail messages and attachments, including Excel files, PDF files  — or any other file format you may want to attach to your email. Virtru works within your existing Gmail and Google Apps (now known as G Suite) email, allowing true end-to-end encryption without the hassle of portals, new accounts, or key exchanges.

    Virtru allows you to end-to-end encrypt Gmail messages and attachments. End-to-end encryption ensures that only you and your intended recipients can decrypt. No service provider, including Virtru, has access to your content.

    Virtru also offers additional features. Not only will you be able to end-to-end encrypt Gmail emails, with Virtru you’ll get:

    Control Forwarding

    See and control where your messages are forwarded (via Your Virtru Dashboard), or disable forwarding altogether.



    Message Expiration

    Prevent recipients from reading encrypted emails after a certain period of time.


    Message Revocation

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    Revoke a message at any time, even after it’s been opened.


    Read Receipts

    See when recipients read your encrypted emails.


    PDF Watermarking

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    Individually watermark your encrypted PDF attachments with each recipient’s email address.


    Virtru will also help you meet and comply with HIPAA, FERPA, and CJIS email requirements.

    While complicated passwords and multi-step authentication are important, Gmail encryption is the cornerstone of any secure Google inbox. Virtru allows to you to end-to-end encrypt Gmail, using just a plugin. It’s not just for Gmail either, as Virtru works with Outlook, meaning that you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues when you’re sending email to someone outside of Google’s massive email empire.

    You can also take Virtru with you with iOS and Android apps for your smartphone and tablet.

    Download Virtru today and use encrypted Gmail to lock hackers out of your secure Gmail inbox.

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