How to Encrypt Email

Have you just been invited to a party? She knows it. Did your classmates report you a list of fun videos to watch? She has already seen them all. Whatever passes through your inbox falls into the clutches of your beloved nosy little sister, and the situation repeats itself on time even at your friends' homes. It is now clear, if you want to communicate via email while maintaining privacy, you have to encrypt your emails.

Do not worry. I am not going to offer you either very complicated security software or very long secret agent procedures. If you want to succeed in the business, all you have to do is resort to the use of some special services, usable directly from the browser, as an extension and / or in the form of an app for mobile devices, which, while allowing you to carry out an operation as complex as the one in question, they turn out to be very simple to use even by those who, a bit like you, have never considered themselves a "geek". This way, you can encrypt (and decrypt if necessary) the e-mail messages you send in no time.

Then? How about putting the chatter aside and taking the real action? Yes? Great. I therefore suggest not wasting any more time and starting to get busy. So position yourself comfortably in front of your trusted computer and read with the utmost attention all the information I am about to give you. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned and that even at the first good opportunity you will be ready to provide useful advice in this regard to all your friends. Enjoy the reading!

 

ProtonMail (Web/Android/iOS)

The first resource I want to advise you to try to encrypt email is called Protonmail. It is one of the most popular purpose-built services in the world. It is free (but possibly also available in two paid variants with extra functions) and to use it you need to register in order to create a special account from which to send mail in a protected and secure manner.

Emails sent between users who use the same service are automatically encrypted and decrypted. If, on the other hand, the message is sent to a "normal" mailing address, you can use a secret question to which the recipient must answer in order to read the message.

To serve, first connect to the main page of the service and then press the button Create your encrypted email account which is on the left, select the floor Free and click on the button Select free plan in the menu that appears.

Now fill out the form that is proposed to you by typing your username and selecting the domain name you want to use, choosing a password (and confirming it) and providing a recovery email to use in an emergency and then click on Create account.

Now, check the box next to the item I'm not a robot, select the required images and first click on Verifica and then Complete the setup. So choose which name you want others to see when you send an email and click on Ends.

At this point, you can finally say you are satisfied: you have just managed to create your e-mail account to send encrypted emails. To send a message, press the button Dial at the top left, enter the recipient and subject of the email in the appropriate fields attached to the window you see appears and enter your text in the space below then attach any files by clicking on the button with the clip and presses the button with the padlock to encrypt the mail.

Then choose the password you want to use to encrypt the message twice in a row, filling in the appropriate fields, enter any suggestion and press on Tax. If you want, you can also have the message destroy itself after a certain amount of time has passed. To do this, press the button with the hourglass and specify when you want to expire the message then press on Tax.

To conclude and therefore to send the encrypted email, click on the button Submit. Done! Who will receive the message will be able to read it only by typing the password you set after clicking on the button View Secure Messagg. If instead, as anticipated at the beginning of the step, the recipient in turn uses ProtonMail, he can read the email directly.

If you are interested in this, I also point out that the service is possibly usable in the form of an app for Android and iOS. The operation is good or bad the same as the site.

Sbwave Enkryptor (Web)

If you don't like the idea of ​​creating a new specific email account for the purpose in question but you still need to crack emails, you can contact Sbwave Encryptor, a free service for encrypting text messages to be sent via e-mail.

Using it, the recipient receives the unreadable message if they do not have the appropriate password that you can set at the time of sending. It's free, you don't need to register and you don't have to download anything to your PC. Furthermore, the service site does not contain advertisements. Just a pity it doesn't support sending attachments.

To use it, connect to the Sbwave Enkryptor website 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 mailing address next to the fields Your Name: e Email address: and the subject of the message next to a Subject:.

Then check that the box next to the wording I have read and agree to all conditions. is selected (and if not, you provide) then type the password with which you want to protect the message in the field next to the item Encryption Code: and write the text of the email under the heading Message:.

To conclude, click on the button Encrypt & Send and the encrypted message will finally be sent. The recipient will be able to read it only by typing the password chosen during the composition phase.

Lockbin (Web)

Similarly to the above service, Lockbin, the service I'm about to tell you about, allows you to encrypt emails without necessarily having to create a special account, in a free and surprisingly simple way.

If desired, it can also be used after creating an ad hoc e-mail address (also available in a paid variant with extra functions) that allows you to manage all correspondence but it is not a mandatory step, especially if the encrypted messages to be sent They are few.

You ask me how to use it? I'll explain it to you immediately. To begin with, connected to the web page of the service dedicated to sending crypt emails without registration, then type your email address in the field Your Email, that of the recipient in the field Email container and the subject of the message in the field Subject.

Then type the text of your message in the field in the center, if you need to attach files click on the appropriate button that you find under the heading Atach file (s) and select them from your computer then choose whether or not to receive a warning message when the email is received and check the box next to the wording I accept the Terms and Conditions of Use. to accept the conditions of use of the service, then click on the button Send Secure Message. Done!

The recipient will therefore receive an email whose content can be read only and exclusively after clicking on the appropriate button inside and upon entering the password chosen to encrypt everything.

Info Crypt (Web)

Did the above services not convince you in a particular way and are you looking for another alternative to encrypt emails? Then I advise you to test Infoencrypt, a free and web-based resource for sending password protected messages.

It does not allow you to send emails directly but provides a link that can be sent via any email account to allow the recipient to read the encrypted message without typing the appropriate password.

To use Infoencrypt, first of all connect to the home page of the service and then type your text in the appropriate box under the heading Text to encrypt (or encrypted code to decrypt):, enter the password with which you want to protect the message under the heading Password and type again, for confirmation, in the field Confirm Password adjacent.

Now, click on the button Encrypt that you find on the right and then presses the button Link to Encrypted and on that Yes, save and give me a link then copy the link provided to you.

Now, start composing a new email using the service you usually use and paste the previously copied link into it. Then send the e-mail message.

Who will receive the email, will be able to read the encrypted message by clicking on the link and entering the appropriate password you chose when composing.

Note that the link will be accessible for 90 days, after which it will be removed from the service servers. Despite this, the entire encryption operation is performed on the customer side, in the browser, and therefore Infoencrypt only stores the encrypted messages, without a password, making them impossible to read by those who are not authorized.

Mailvelope (Browser Extension)

To finish off, as they say, I want to talk to you about Mailvelpe, a no-cost service to encrypt emails sent with Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo and all other major email services.

Using it is very simple as you just need to install a special extension for Chrome e Firefox which makes automatic encryption for every message sent. The only thing to take into account is that in order to read the messages sent, the recipient will have to install the extension in turn.

To use it, if the browser you are browsing the web with is Chrome, connected to the appropriate section of the Chrome Web Store, press the button Add and subsequently on Added extension and wait a few moments for the installation procedure to start and complete. If you are using Mozilla Firefox, visit the appropriate section of the browser add-ons gallery, press the button Aggiungi to Firefox and then Install.

Now, click on the Mailvelope icon (the padlock) which has been added to the browser toolbar and presses the icon of thegear present in the menu that opens. Then click on the button Generate key then fill in the fields on the screen by typing the name of the person you want to send the email to, their email address and the password you want to use to encrypt the messages to be sent, then click on the button Generate which is located at the bottom.

Once this is done, a message will be sent to the email address just set in the extension settings with the key to decrypt the email you are going to send. The key must be imported into Mailvlope by accessing the section Import Key extension settings by clicking the button Select a key text file to import and selecting the reference file.

If there are any problems and the email is not received by the recipient, you can send it "by hand" by clicking on the item Display Keys which is in the left sidebar of the Mailvelope configuration tab, by pressing on the reference email address you find in the list and selecting the tab in the window that opens Export. Cheap poi su Public I awarded her Save to save the generated file on your PC. Then proceed to send it to the person to whom you want to send the encrypted email message.

Once this is done, access the Webmail service you usually use, start composing a new e-mail message and click on the button with the paper and the pencil that you see appear in the area dedicated to entering the body of the message and then fill in the fields attached to the new window that opens by typing in correspondence with Add recipient the email address of the person you want to write to and your message below.

If you want to attach files to the email, click on the link Encrypt files, awarded his Add and select the files to send (which must not exceed 50 MB) then click on Next.

To conclude and then to send your encrypted message, click on the button Encrypt at the bottom, type the subject of the message in the appropriate field of the "usual" screen relating to your Webmail service and press the button to send the email.

The recipient of the message will then receive the encrypted email and can read it by opening it by clicking on the icon with the mailing envelope and the padlock present in place of the message body, by typing in the appropriate field that will appear the password you chose when configuring Mailvelope and clicking on OK.