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How To Encrypt Your Email

If your looking to increase security and encrypt your emails then follow this guide to learn how!

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In this day and age there is rarely a day where we do not get an email that contains personal or company information we would rather not let out to the public domain.

If a firm such as Sony Pictures is hackable than how safe are you?

Don’t make the same mistake and follow this guide to learn how you can encrypt your emails!

Step By Step

1. Step

First of you will need an encryption solution. One cross platform Gmail solution is Mailvelope.

However GPGTools and GPG4Win are great solution providers for both windows and mac user respectivley.

To begin you should download one of their encryption solutions for the device you are using.

2. Step

Next you will need to generate a public/private key pair by installing something called GPG Keychain.

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This will end up containing all of your public and private keys which mean what they say – public is public! This key is shared with the world while you should protect your private key as much as you want to protect your security!

3. Step

Try to use a complex key that you will remember but at the same time is not too simple. This is a pass that you will be using quite a lot so it makes sense if it is something that you can at least type pretty rapidly.

Select upload key and it will be uploaded to a popular key repository server where people can look up your key to sign emails to you.

When you know open up your email client you will be ask to sign out emails to confirm you are who you are.

4. Step

Your are now taking part in a public key cryptography system otherwise known as PGP. These sign your emails but also allow respondents to sign theirs off without exchanging private key information.

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Conclusion

If you are involved in any company or home work space it is strongly advised to use PGP for all internal mail. This will entail all your email cache will be useless to the hacker in the event of a security breach.

And security breaches do happen. Ask Sony.

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Published: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 Last Modified: January 28, 2015

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