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Encrypt your gmail – firefox extension

I came across this today, someone has created a firefox extension to be able to OpenPGP your gmail account. This will allow you to encrypt and/or sign any of your gmail messages. After you install the extension, when you compose a message in gmail, it will add buttons in the interface to encrypt and/or sign your messages using your imported GPG key. Because it’s not a key-manager, you will also have to install GnuPG if you’re on Mac/Linux, or WinPT and GPG for Windows. Pretty cool!

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  1. Tim Reynolds December 7th, 2008 3:06 pm

    Nice post. Thank you for the info. Keep it up.

  2. Michele January 24th, 2009 1:21 pm

    This sounds cool. I found the download for the Firefox extension and downloaded that, but when I tried to download GnuPG, it said to go to a mirror site, and then sent me to a directory list…not sure what I’m supposed to select to download there.

  3. chris January 29th, 2009 1:46 pm


    Yes, you’re right it is cryptic for the non-uber geek user. Those mirror sites are for the source code which you probably don’t want. You want the binaries, which are ready-to-install versions of the software. A list is here: http://www.gnupg.org/download/#auto-ref-2. The download you need depends on whether you’re running Windows or Mac.

    -Windows: ftp://ftp.gnupg.org/gcrypt/binary/gnupg-w32cli-1.4.9.exe

    -Mac: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=248469&package_id=303406&release_id=653421.
    One note about the mac downloads, it depends on whether you have a newer (Intel-based) computer, or one of the older ones, the ones with the PowerPC/IBM processor. You more than likely now have the Intel-based one.

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