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Surveillance drives South Koreans to encrypted messaging apps

Two weeks ago, Kakao Talk users in South Korea users got an unpleasant surprise. After months of enduring public criticism, President Park Geun-Hye announced a crackdown on any messages deemed as insulting to her or generally rumor-mongering — including private messages sent through Kakao Talk, a Korean messaging app akin to WhatsApp or iMessage. Prosecutors began actively monitoring the service for violations, promising punishment for anyone spreading inappropriate content.

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Google hires creator of Aether encrypted social network

Burak Nehbit, the 23-year-old author of the well liked Aether content-sharing network, has accepted a job with Google. After revealing the news on Twitter over the weekend, Nehbit told The Verge that he still very much intends to keep Aether development going, noting that he managed to keep it out of his employment contract with Mountain View.

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Send Encrypted Emails Easily With SecureGmail

Security is a hot issue these days. With the recent issues of internet tracking, more and more internet users want to safeguard their online privacy. Many of us are looking for a way to safety transfer data and that includes information transferred via email.

We covered how to send an encrypted email using SafeGmail before, but unfortunately SafeGmail is no longer in service. But, fret not we have found another, even better tool which can help you to encrypt your emails.


SecureGmail is a Chrome extension which allows users to send encrypted emails and is compatible with your Google accounts.

Composing Encrypted Email

To send an encrypted email for Gmail, first you need to install SecureGmail on Chrome. After installing, you will see a lock icon beside the ‘Compose" button. Click it before composing the email you want encrypted.

compose encrypted

Compose the email like how you normally do and when you are done click on Send Encrypted. A pop up will prompt you to set a password and a hint to your password for your encrypted email.

set password and hint

Decrypting your Email

Before decrypting, the content of the email is unreadable. To decrypt the encrypted email, the receiver needs to install SecureGmail on their Chrome browser too.

When they receive the encrypted email, there will be a clickable ‘Decrypt message with password‘ link.

decrypt message

Click on the link and it will ask for the password that the sender set earlier.

input password

After putting in the correct password it will display the email content.

decrypted email

Limitation & Conclusion

SecureGmail is a good alternative to replace SafeGmail but SecureGmail still has some limitations. Some of the limitations are:

  • SecureGmail only works on Chrome browser for now
  • The recipient needs to install the extension too, in order to decrypt (a small hassle)
  • You can’t directly reply to the encrypted email. To reply to that email you need to compose a new email.
  • The email cannot be saved as draft when composing in encrypted mode.

In conclusion, SecureGmail is a good replacement to send encrypted emails. And compared to SafeGmail, SecureGmail has an easier way to decrypt the encrypted email as you do not need to leave the page to decrypt it.

Send Encrypted Emails In Gmail With SafeGMail

Gmail is great those who work extensively with email, and is a relatively secure email service. While there are other ways to help tighten your Gmail security, when it comes to sending emails securely from your Gmail Inbox, you might still need help from third party apps, such as SafeGmail.

SafeGmail is a Chrome extension that lets you encrypt your emails before sending them out. For your receiver to open this encrypted email, they need to give the right answer to a question you have set. It’s quite easy to use and is great for sending urgent and important messages safely to the intended receiver.

1. How To Use SafeGmail

To get started, add SafeGmail then sign in to your Gmail account. To be able to use SafeGmail, you need to switch to the old compose layout first.

Click Compose to open up a new compose box. At the bottom right of the box, you will see an arrow pointing downwards. Hover over it and you will see that it’s the ‘More Options’ icon. Click on it and select ‘Switch back to old compose’.

You have to log out and sign in again to your Gmail account to start using SafeGmail.

2. Sending Encrypted Emails Using Gmail

To send encrypted emails, draft out your email like how your normally do. When you are done, look under Subject to find ‘Encrypt?’ next to a checkbox. Check the box to encrypt your email.

A question and answer form will appear. Type in your question. Choose the kind where the answer isn’t obvious or cannot be easily guessed. Enter your answer as well.

Finally, click on ‘Send+Encrypt’ to send your email.

3. Opening the encrypted Email

When the receiver gets your email, he or she will see the actual content of your email, in encrypted form. Basically, it will look like a string of gibberish, non-sensical characters (see shot below). To read the email, the receiver must decrypt that string of characters.

To start the decryption, click on the ‘Here’ link as instructed in the email.

The question you have set earlier will appear. The receiver must then enter the answer to the question to access the mail decryption page.

To decrypt the email the receiver must copy the string of gibberish into the mail decryption page…

… then, paste the string of characters into the box in the mail decryption page.

Clicking on ‘Show My Mail’ will start the decryption process and reveal the contents of your email.


And there you have it, sending encrypted emails with SafeGmail is real easy as long as you can figure out how to get the answer to the receiver. You can opt for information that only you and the receiver knows, or send the password to them via another channel: via phone or SMS perhaps. Now tell us, would you give this a go?