How to encrypt email: By now you’ve really tried them all, from reverse writing to anagrams, but there’s nothing you can do. Due to nosy relatives, the emails you send to your friends and co-workers never stay as confidential as they should be. At this point, the only thing left for you is to encrypt them. No, don’t worry, no solution to 007. It is a comfortable and safe system that can be put into practice simply by resorting to the use of some special services. It is certainly a great way to preserve privacy, especially when you need to communicate more confidential information to third parties.
How do you say? Would you also be interested in this, but not being very practical in terms of computer science, you fear that it is out of your reach? Come on, don’t be a coward! What am I to do then? Obviously I will explain everything step by step, I thought this was taken for granted. Then, believe me, even if on the surface it may seem the opposite, in reality encrypting emails is not the stuff of “geeks” alone. In fact, it is a practice that can be carried out by anyone, even by those who, a bit like you, do not consider themselves exactly a great expert in new technologies.
Then? How about putting the chatter aside and starting to get busy? Yup? Very good. I therefore suggest that you do not waste any more valuable time and start focusing on the matter right away. So place yourself nice and comfortable in front of your trusty computer and … take action! I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself happy and satisfied with what follows and that you will finally be able to communicate avoiding unauthorized third parties from poking their nose into your business. Enjoy the reading!
Free Secure Email
The first of the resources to encrypt emails that I invite you to consider is Free Secure Email by Comodo, a company known to most for its commitment to solutions designed for IT security. This is a service that allows you to obtain a personal security certificate through which to send emails with the utmost confidentiality. It’s free and works with any existing email address, with the most popular email clients. Let’s see in more detail how it is used.
First of all, visit the web page of the service and first click on the Sign Up Now button and then fill out the form that is proposed to you by typing in the appropriate fields your name, your surname and your email address. Then select your country from the Country drop-down menu , type the password to possibly revoke the certificate in the field next to the word Recovation Password , check the box next to the I accept item at the bottom and press the Next button .
Now, access the e-mail box whose address you typed in the form, open the email sent to you by Comodo and press the Click & Install button Comodo Email Certficate to download the security certificate for sending the email encrypted on your computer.
Once this is done, enter the certificate in the email client settings dedicated to security and account management that you usually use on your computer. If you don’t know how to do it, you can follow the instructions on what to do for the most common e-mail programs listed on the dedicated support page of the service.
Then start composing a new email message, select the option to encrypt the message using Free Secure Email, compose the email as you usually do, send it to the appropriate person by clicking on the appropriate button and you’re done.
Whoever receives your e-mail will be able to read its content only if they have the appropriate digital certificate and only if you have proceeded to assign this in turn to the reference contact in the contact list of the client in use. For more info on what to do, you can always refer to the page with the dedicated guides attached to the Comodo website that I linked to you just now.
Did the above system for encrypting emails seem too elaborate and are you looking for a more, so to speak, easy solution ? Then try Encipher.it now and you will see that you will not regret it. It is in fact a service capable of fulfilling the purpose in question through a simple bookmarklet, that is to say a button that refers to a link to be added to the browser’s favorites bar. Just click on it every time a new message is composed to activate the protection system.
To use it, therefore, connect to the web page of the service and then locate the word Bookmarklets on the left and proceed as indicated according to the browser in use. So, if what you are using is Firefox or Chrome , drag the link next to Drag this link to the browser toolbar , while if you are using Internet Explorer you have to right click on the link next to Right click: and choose Add to Favorites from the menu that appears.
Once this is done, access the Webmail service that you generally use and start composing a new message by typing recipient, subject and body of the email and adding any attachments, then click on the bookmarklet you have added to your favorites, enter the password you want to use to encrypt the your message in the appropriate window that you see appear on the screen, press the Encrypt button and then on that to send the email.
Whoever receives your e-mail will be able to read its content by adding the bookmarklet of the service to your browser favorites, pressing it and typing, in the appropriate field on the screen, the password you used to protect the message.
If you are interested in this, I would also like to point out that as far as Chrome is concerned, the service can also be used in the form of an extension. If you prefer to use the latter, install it from the dedicated section of the Chrome Web Store and then start composing a new e-mail message from the Webmail service that you usually use as seen together above, press the add-on button ( the padlock ), choose Encipher.it from the menu that appears, enter the password with which you want to encrypt the email, click on the check button and send everything.
As regards the methods of reading by the recipient, they are the same as those seen together a few lines already above.
As an alternative to the services I have already told you about, you could seriously consider using Sendinc . It is a service that can be used directly via the Web which, in fact, allows you to send encrypted emails without running the risk that they can be read by those who are not authorized and which, in the face of an even greater degree of security, self-destruct after a certain period. of time. Basically it is free but can also be used in a paid version (also for business use) with some additional functions, such as the possibility of receiving a read confirmation email.
To try it, connected to the reference Web page and presses the Sign Up button on the top right. Then fill in the fields on the screen by typing your e-mail address and the password you want to associate with the account you are about to create and then presses on Create Your Free Account .
Now, access the email box you indicated during registration, open the email message that was sent to you by the service and confirm the opening of your account on Sendinc by clicking on the Activate button .
In the new Web page you see appear, log in to your account on the service by typing the credentials set previously, then press the Compse item at the top left and start composing your encrypted mail message by entering the recipient in the To field, in the Subject field : the subject of the message and in the Message field the body of the email.
If you need to attach files, click on Attach Files and select them, while if you want to format the typed text click on Formatting and services of the proposed tools.
Finally, click on the Send Secure button . Who will receive your encrypted email will be able to read it by clicking on the View Dark Message button attached to it and creating an account on the service, as seen together above.
I also remind you that if you use Outlook on your computer as a client for the electronic list, you can use the service directly from there, by downloading and installing the appropriate add-in.
Another great email encryption service that I strongly urge you to consider is Lockbin . It’s free and super easy to use. It works directly from the web browser window (any) without having to download absolutely anything to your computer and without having to create a specific account. If necessary, it can also be used after creating a dedicated e-mail address (also in a paid variant, with extra functions as a result) thanks to which it is possible to manage all correspondence but this does not constitute an obligation.
To use it, first of all visit its web page and then type your e-mail address in the Your Email field , that of the recipient in the Recipient Email field and the subject of the message in the Subject field .
Then compose the head of the message by entering it in the appropriate field in the center. If you then need to attach files to the email, click on the appropriate button under the heading Atach file (s) .
Finally, indicate whether or not to receive a warning message when the email is received and check the box in correspondence with I accept the Terms and Conditions of Use. in order to accept the conditions of use of the service and then press the Send Secure Message button .
The person who will receive your encrypted email sent with Lockbin will be able to read it only and exclusively by clicking on the appropriate button inside it and after typing the appropriate password (which you will have to start with the recipient separately).
As for the possibility of creating an account on the service, you can do so by connecting to the dedicated Internet page , selecting Get a FREE Account for the free plan and the other buttons for the paid ones and purchasing the proposed module.
To close with a flourish, as they say, I would like instead to talk to you about Sbwave Enkryptor . It is a somewhat spartan-looking resource but definitely efficient. It is 100% free and allows you to send virtually illegible encrypted e-mail messages without having the appropriate password. Just a pity that the option to send attachments is not offered otherwise it would have been more than perfect.
To use it, connect to the website of the service and fill in the fields at the top left by typing the recipient’s e-mail address in correspondence with To email:, your name and your e-mail address next to the fields Your Name: and Your email: and the subject of the message next to Subject :.
Now check that the box next to the item I have read and agree to all conditions. is selected (and if this is not the case), type the password that you intend to use to protect the message in the field next to the word Encryption Code: and compose the body of the email in the Message section :.
Finally, click on the Encrypt & Send button and your encrypted message will be sent immediately. As anticipated, the recipient will be able to read it only and exclusively by entering the password chosen during creation.