Illustration: WIRED Encryption is the best way to protect your online communications from the prying eyes of the National Security Agency. So says NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The rub is that email encryption systems like PGP — short for Pretty Good Privacy — are a real pain for people to use, especially if they’re not steeped in the minutiae of computing. That means few people use PGP, and those who do are in danger of using it incorrectly. But it looks like Google is trying to change that. According to Venture Beat, the search giant working to create a new version of Gmail that makes PGP encryption far easier to use. Google didn’t respond to our request for comment on the story, and even if …

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Google’s Revamped Gmail Could Take Encryption Mainstream


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