Although every user on the Internet is using email to communicate, only few encrypt and digital certify their emails. The main reason might be the feeling that encrypting and certifying emails is a complicated process that requires lots of technical knowledge. It requires in addition to convince friends and business partners to secure their email accounts as well, so that the system is effective. It does not make sense to encrypt emails if the receiver cannot read them because they do not use the same tools or technologies you do.
Basically, it comes down to being complicated and a nuisance that is not worth the effort. Comodo Secure Email is a free for personal use product by popular software developer Comodo that removes the complexity attribute from the process.
Secure Email is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP or Windows Vista and fully integrates itself in popular email clients such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
A software wizard will walk the user through the process of creating a digital certificate that will be used for an email address. It simply means to select the email address that should receive the digital certificate. The user enters the name and email address and the certificate will be automatically generated.
Secure Email will start signing outgoing emails digitally right away and encrypt them if the contact has provided the user with a public key. The whole process is automated and the user in front of the monitor does not have to worry about acquiring digital certificates or exchanging public keys.
Secure Email can also scan all mails in the email client for encrypted emails that the user might have received in the past. One of the biggest advantages of Comodo Secure Email is the automatic integration in the mail client. It integrated itself automatically on a test client that used mail accounts from various email providers and Mozilla Thunderbird.
Another interesting feature of Secure Mail is the ability to create unique single use email certificates even without knowing the recipients public key. The recipient has two options to read the email: Install Comodo Secure Email or read the email message on the Comodo website.
Secure Email Features:
The biggest advantage of Secure Email is the ease of use. It requires virtually no configuration after adding the email accounts to the system. The only change that users might want to make is to disable the email popup notifications that are activated by default. This can be changed in the program's settings.
Update: Please note that you need to sign up to receive a certificate. You need to supply your name, country, email address, and set a revocation password as well.
Instructions on how to set up your mail client are available here.
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