Pushbullet sends a lot of data back and forth in order to sync up your notifications and text messages. All that is done of HTTPS, but it still hits the Pushbullet servers in an unencrypted form.
So, the company is ramping up its security by adding optional end-to-end encryption. This means your data is encrypted before it leaves your phone, and decrypted when it gets to your other devices.
It’s a good layer of security to include, as all those SMS messages and notifications contain a lot of personal data. The encryption also applies to Pushbullet’s ability to copy and paste between devices.
To set it up, you need to go to Settings on every device where you’re using Pushbullet select Enable encryption, then enter a password.
For now the encryption works across Android, Chrome, and Windows. In a blog post the company says support for iOS and Mac are around the corner, with plans for Opera, Safari, and Firefox browser extensions in the works as well.
Make sure you have the latest version of the Pushbullet Android app to try out encryption.
Why this matters: Pushbullet is practically a necessity for Android owners given how well it ties your phone and computer together. The addition of end-to-end encryption follows other useful updates, like full sync with one’s SMS conversations. If you haven’t tried it, Pushbullet is highly recommended if you like the concept of interacting with your phone while leaving it on the desk.