Really secure your Gmail

If you use Gmail, but worry about your privacy, CNET reporter Stephen Shankland shows you how to encrypt your e-mail to keep it safe from prying eyes.

If you use Gmail, but worry about your privacy--especially in the wake of Google's attack by sophisticated hackers--CNET reporter Stephen Shankland shows you how to have your cake and eat it, too.

What are the secret ingredients to a secure Gmail? A triumvirate of freeware comprised of Gnu Privacy Guard encryption, Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail application (Windows|Mac), and an e-mail encryption plug-in called Enigmail (Windows and Mac).

Switching from open to encrypted e-mail isn't a light undertaking, and as Stephen points out, there are plenty of drawbacks and trade-offs when you swap ease-of-use for near-total privacy. Still, whether you're merely curious about what it takes, or seriously questing for an iron-clad solution to keep your messages read by your eyes only, this in-depth how-to will take you thoroughly through the paces.

Featured Video
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Cancel your Apple Music subscription

Signed up to Apple Music and decided it's not for you? Here is how to cancel your subscription so you don't get charged once your free trial expires.

by Lexy Savvides