The security and privacy community was abuzz over the weekend after Google said it was open sourcing E2Email, a Chrome plugin designed to make encrypted email easy to implement and use. While this is welcome news, the project isn’t going to go anywhere if someone doesn’t step up and take ownership of it.
Interest in secure communications has soared in recent years, and there are a number of tools that bring end-to-end encryption to phone calls, text messaging, and online chats. However, almost three decades after the invention of PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), encrypted email still relies on command line tools, plugins for IMAP-based email clients, or dedicated mail services such as ProtonMail and Lavabit, making PGP out of reach for most individuals.
Source: Infoworld.com | Security