You need to encrypt your Gmail now.
With maybe over a billion users, Gmail is the most popular email service in the world. And, for good reasons. It’s free, easy to set up, comes with tons of storage, and it works great.
So what’s the problem?
The problem is, providing free email and ample storage to a billion users is very expensive. To pay for it, Google makes “you,” and your future behavior, into a product.
It works like this.
Google reads or “scans” all your email. That includes email people send you that you don’t even respond to. Anything in your inbox is up for grabs. And, they don’t even try to hide it. They had this to say in a court filing:
“Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient’s assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient’s [email provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, ‘a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.”
“Voluntarily turns over to third parties” means just using Gmail, btw. This is also clearly detailed in their Terms of Service. I’m sure you read those as much as we did. 😉
So, why do they scan all your email and how do they make money off this?
Google does this mostly to look for key words and other information to share with third party advertisers and affiliates so they can serve you ads that are “more relevant” to you.
Even if you’re okay with that, it’s still pretty scary from a privacy perspective as they’re essentially building a profile on you based on what you’re emailing and what people email you. If they also cross-reference this with every Google search you have ever done (they have them), your IP address, and some basic behavior algorithms, they know more about you than even you do.
And, with every Google search, and every email sent or received on Gmail, this “internet permanent record” only grows larger and more chock full of your personal data and behavior.
And, if you use an Android device, or Google Maps on any device, you can add your location data to the mix. Whoa.
I mean, just think about every google search that you have ever done and every email you have ever sent. Anything in those you’d rather keep private? 😃
In fairness to Google, they do say they “anonymize” much of this information before they share it, but Google still knows all.
Luckily, the fix for this is easy.
Encrypt your Gmail with SecureMyEmail and you can still enjoy all the benefits and features of Gmail, but encrypt your email when you want. You can encrypt all your Gmail, or do it one at a time. As SecureMyEmail provides what is called end-to-end encryption, absolutely no one, including Google, or even us, ever have access to your email or your attachments. Only your designated recipient(s) will have the means to read the email.
Best of all, it’s super easy and comes with a 30 day free trial. After that, it’s only 99 cents a year for unlimited use.