An unencrypted email is like a postcard, it can be read by anyone who has access to it, and when it comes to personal or confidential data, it is always better to know how to hide it.
In this tutorial, we will give you 3 simple techniques to send a cryptic message from your mailbox.
Note that most instant messaging services including Skype, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, iMessage (for users of Apple products) also offer an encryption option.
Send encrypted emails with Gmail and Outlook
Many use mailboxes such as Gmail or Outlook because they are free, fast and can be accessed from all of our devices.
Encrypt an email on Gmail
In 2014, Gmail announced that encryption would be a default setting for all of its users. This means that if you send your emails from this service via the Chrome browser, then they will be automatically encrypted. However, this only works if your recipient also uses Gmail, otherwise the recipient will not be able to decrypt it.
Encrypt an email on Outlook
For those who have a paid Office 365 subscription, it is not surprising to find built-in Outlook functions to encrypt your emails, Outlook.com and Email for Windows 10.
For those who have a paid Microsoft 365 subscription, it's not surprising to find built-in Outlook functions to encrypt your emails, Outlook.com and Email for Windows 10.
The first thing to do is to exchange a digital signature with your recipient, this will allow you two to secure and decrypt your messages.
If, before sending your email, the option Insert electronic signature is not offered to you, so follow the path: Options Other options Message options Security settings Encrypt content and attachments of messages.
Encrypt an email without Gmail or Outlook
There are several Gmail and Outlook alternatives, for example we can recommend Tutanota or Protonmail. They are also free, but they limit the volume and quantity of your messages.
Secure services require that the recipient be a member of the platform, or that they have the password you gave them to unlock each email.
It is an essential and very effective level of security against hackers.
Otherwise go through the Mega software, in its free plan, you will benefit from a functionality of cat safe.
Recommended article: the best encrypted mailboxes.
Send automatically deleted messages
To avoid encrypting your emails, you can use a program like Snapmail, it will delete your messages immediately after reading them.
If you are using Gmail, just download the Chrome Snapmail extension.
To send an encrypted email with Snapmail, compose your message, and click on the icon Snapmail (bottom right) to send it.
Thanks to this extension, you will be able to choose to encrypt certain emails instead of all. However, remember that any email sent by Snapmail will be automatically deleted 60 seconds after it is opened.
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