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Hackers continually try to find new ways to steal data from businesses. That’s why it should come as no surprise that 91% of phishing occurs via email. As many as a million phishing emails containing the dreaded Emotet trojan have been known to be sent in a single day!
But how can you combat this threat? Having a secure email certificate (also known as S/MIME certificate or an Outlook email encryption certificate) can help your company do precisely that. Its security features prevent things like phishing and builds a trusted network around your company, so your email recipients know who’s who.
A digital certificate used to authenticate the identity of the email’s sender and to encrypt the email is called an Email certificate or S/MIME (Secure /Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions). When a person uses an Outlook security certificate, they can encrypt the contents of the email to protect it from intruders and can also sign the email to validate their identity.
Ever heard of SSL certificates? Secure email certificates work in a similar way — at least on paper. What the S/MIME protocol does is implement a public and private encryption key into the email delivery process, which allows the email to be encrypted before it is sent. This process, known as data at rest encryption, turns your plaintext email into gibberish so it stays secure until your intended recipient decrypts it with their private key.
Not only this, but if you use an email encryption certificate in Outlook to encrypt your messages, your identity will also be verified. Who would you trust more — Thomas, who’s labeled as a “trusted seller” and sends an encrypted email, or Harry, who isn’t identified as such and sends plaintext information? (I seriously hope you would choose Thomas).
Now that you know what an email certificate is and why it’s useful, let’s discuss some information you’ll need to gather to begin the process of installing your new email signing certificate.
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You’ll need to do the certificate issuance process in Mozilla Firefox, so make sure you’ve got it installed on your computer.
Before we can start the process of installing your new email security certificate, we’ll need to gather a few bits of information, such as:
After doing so, the following window will pop up:
Note: Your list may look different, but the process is still the same.
If it displays “more choices” as it does above, that means you have multiple certificates available. To choose a specific certificate, simply click on the more choices link and select the certificate you wish to use. Press OK.
That’s it! Your new email certificate is now installed.
Although you’ve installed your new email security certificate, you may not have a clue how to use it. If that’s the case, here’s what you need to do to make the emails you send secure:
After doing so, any emails you send should be both secure and encrypted!What is S/MIME? How does it work? Do I need S/MIME?