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Everything you need to know about encrypted email messages

To begin, I think Hotmail should be defined in order to understand the present article in a very easy way. Firstly, it is important to mention that Hotmail is considered as one of the most famous free email services. Microsoft Corporation conceived this email service as an online tool that let users access it from web browsers in every part of the world. Users are just required to have an internet connection, username, and password. If you do not have username and password, you have to manage the registration process.

By 2012, Hotmail was surprisingly renamed to Outlook.com. Even the www.hotmail.com URL redirects you to the website for the Microsoft suite of products, such as Outlook.com, Skype, OneDrive, and so on. Nowadays, this free webmail service provides you with unlimited storage, connection to social networking platforms, and more. You will find here everything you need to know about encrypted email messages.

What I need to know about encrypted email messages

If you are interested in protecting the privacy of your messages, you have the option of encrypting them. Encrypting email messages in the aforementioned email service implies that they will be converted from readable plain text into encrypted text, that is to say, only those who have the private key are allowed to decipher these email messages for reading. If any recipient does not have the corresponding private key, it will be impossible for him/her to decipher encrypted email messages.

If you receive an encrypted message and do not have the private key, you are not allowed to read the content of the message. Instead, you will read a message saying that this specific message has not the ability to be displayed in the Reading Pane. Then, if you try to open the item, you will open a dialog box saying that there was a problem in opening this item. As you can see, it is not possible to decipher an email message that was encrypted by the sender.

What else I need to know about encrypted email messages?

If you want to send and view an encrypted email message, you are required to share your digital ID, or public key certificate. For this reason, you and the person who receives the email message each have to send the other a digitally signed message. When you send a digitally encrypted message, you will have the ability to add the recipient’s certificate to your Outlook account. You have to take into account that you are not allowed to encrypt a message without a Digital ID.

It is also important for you to know that if someone whose email setup did not added support for encrypted messages, you can send him/her email messages in an unencrypted format. Moreover, if you send attachments, you should know that they will be encrypted as well as email messages.

How to encrypt an email message?

If you are interested in encrypting a single email message, you must do the following. In the email message, tap the File option, and then tap Properties. After doing so, tap Security Settings, and then tap Encrypt message contents and attachments. Type your email message and tap Send.