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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.