SendSafely Gmail and Google Mail Integration

SendSafely users can use our SendSafely Chrome Extension to send files directly from Google Mail and Gmail. This page will provide you instructions on how to get the extension set up and configured on your computer.

Step 1 - Install the Chrome Extension

The SendSafely Chrome Extension is available for free from the Chrome Web Store. Once installed you will see the SendSafely orange "padlock" icon in the top right corner of the browser (next to the address bar).  

Step 2 – Configure your API Key and API Secret

In order to authenticate your account with SendSafely, the chrome extension uses an API Key and API Secret. The API Key and API Key Secret are essentially software-level credentials that allow a program to access your account without the need for sharing your username and password with the software. The API Key and API Secret can be configured by pressing the SendSafely button next to the address bar. 

To obtain a new API Key and API Secret, log in to your SendSafely account and go to the Edit Profile page. From there you should see an API Access Keys section that allows you to manage your API Keys. Provide a unique description of what the key will be used for (i.e. “Chrome Extension”) and press the “Generate New Key” button. The newly created API Key and API Key Secret will be displayed on the page.

Please note that for security reasons, the API Secret will never be displayed again. Never share your API Key or API Secret with ANYONE. These values can be used to access all of your account data and should be treated the same as a username and password.

You should copy and paste the API Key and API Secret directly into the Configure Settings tab on the pop-out window that appears when you press the orange padlock icon. Once entered, press the “Validate Credentials” button to verify the information and store it within the Chrome Extension.

Step 3 – Enable Gmail Integration 

On the Configure Settings tab, there is an on/off switch labeled "Gmail Integration" that will allow you to enable integration with the Google Mail web interface.

Once enabled, browse to the Gmail or Google Mail website.  When composing a new email message, or replying to an email message, you should see a button with the SendSafely icon in the text editor toolbar next to the classic "Attach File" button.  Use the SendSafely button to attach files to your email that will be encrypted and uploaded using SendSafely instead of being sent through Google.  Once attached, each SendSafely file should have the orange padlock icon next to the file name.  

After you press Send, you will be prompted to enable SMS verification for each recipient.  Once the SMS options are configured, press Continue to send the message.  

NOTE:  You must be logged into Gmail or Google Mail using the same email address associated with the API Key used by the extension. 

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