I’ve recently started using GPG for transmitting some of my messages. The downside to it is, I can’t send messages from the Gmail web interface, nor decrypt them from there. The obvious solution that others have found is to enable POP3 and use Thunderbird. I have this setup on my U3 drive, but it’s a very imperfect solution. POP3 holds a special place amongst most braindead protocols ever to hit the face of the internet. It most certainly is not a good match for Gmail. A program that tapped into the hidden frame javascript code for java, or would act as a browser plugin would be a better solution. While searching for better solutions I ran into something that on the surface, looked like it would suffice. 

Freenigma, though, seems to be snakeoil at the very least, and a full-out conscious breach of privacy at the worst. It’s the same sort of Key Escrow system that the US govt tried to foist on us back in the 90’s. There’s no way to store the key on your local system or on a USB drive. There’s no way to extract your key and use it elsewhere. They claim that because you still have your password, nobody can use the keys. We’re trying to get away from the whole password thing by using encryption though! Passwords are often too easy to guess or social-engineer out, especially when dealing with the kind of users who seem to be the target. Without further information, I’d have to say avoid this one…