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November 6, 2014

Chrome OS extension offers easy-to-use encryption and security service

encryptionEver since Snowden made his revelations last year, more and more internet users have been looking for some form of encryption. It doesn’t matter that they don’t really need it, more to the point that they just like to have it.

Google have one of the newest additions to that growing list is a Chrome browser extension called ShadowCrypt, which encrypts not only emails but, Facebook status updates, tweets and other messages you send and post on social media.

Once you’ve installed it, you’ll need to generate an encryption key for every website you use or for every email you send. You’ll then have to give those keys to people you want to share your posts with (they also need to be ShadowCrypt users, of course), otherwise all they’ll see are garbled letter and number strings.

This is what a tweet looked like to the outside world:

You can download it from the Chrome web store or the ShadowCrypt website

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini