Gmail Launches New Security Update With E2EE Support, Who Will Be Able To Access It?

Gmail Launches New Security Update With E2EE Support: The Gmail email service is about to acquire complete end-to-end encryption (E2EE) support, according to Google, which has become the latest corporation to roll out an encryption upgrade. However, not all users will be able to obtain it.

Client-side encryption (CSE) will be made available for Gmail in the same way that it has been for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Meet, according to an update on the Google Workspace blog. The functionality is also being beta-tested on Google Calendar.

According to previous reports, Apple will implement a similar “Advanced Data Protection” for US iCloud users by the end of 2023 and globally the following year, though it isn’t expected to cover Mail, Contacts, or Calendar.

Gmail’s Encryption

According to Google’s client-side encryption help article, “servers can’t access your encryption keys and decrypt your data.”

The use of CSE in Gmail will make private information, such as email attachments, “indecipherable to Google servers,” but as with any CSE, users should keep track of their encryption keys and think about utilizing a third-party security key as a backup.

Client-side encryption in Gmail makes sure that private information in the email body and attachments is unreadable by Google servers. Customers keep ownership of both the identity service used to access encryption keys and the keys themselves.

Google Workspace Enterprise Plus and Education Standard/Plus account holders get access to a beta program. According to the post, it will be accessible until “January 20, 2022,” however we believe this should be January 20, 2023, and we’ve gotten in touch with Google to get confirmation.

The lengthy list of accounts that are not eligible includes Workspace Essentials, Business Starter/Standard/Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, Nonprofits, vintage G Suite Basic/Business, and personal accounts.

Everything considered it’s probably just a matter of time until these extra security precautions start to spread to other account kinds.

Before they may proceed with the setup process, successful beta applicants must wait for confirmation from Google.

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