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  1. I’ve used Enigmail (, which is an extension for Mozilla Thunderbird (and Seamonkey), and it seemed relatively simple to use. The only way this will work with Gmail is if you setup Thunderbird to use Gmail’s SMTP and IMAP (or POP3) servers, and then you would use Thunderbird instead of Gmail’s web interface. I think it requires GnuPG to be installed, but I didn’t have to do anything directly with GnuPG (I’m using Ubuntu Linux). This is a little technical, but I think reachable for the average user, if they follow the setup instructions on Enigmail’s website, and the server configuration information on Gmail’s website.

    When I was using Enigmail, it was when I was hosting my own mail server and using Thunderbird regularly. My domain name has since expired, and I now use Gmail for email and have put some thought into possibly using my mail server software to automatically download the messages from Gmail and relay my sent emails through Gmail, and once again use Thunderbird with this setup. I will then be able to get the benefits of using Gmail normally, while also having all of my email stored locally, which can speed up access to my email as well as provide a good backup (in the rare case that something might go wrong at Gmail) and provide access to any potentially important emails, even if my internet connection goes out for a period of time (which might happen a few times a year, but usually isn’t a big deal). This is beyond what the average user would do, however.

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