Monday, March 25, 2013

How To Setup Outlook 2010 Using Signing And Encryption Certificates

Outlook Express 2010 is a continuation of Microsoft’s paid email management program. It is an advanced version of the discontinued Outlook express and used with the Windows Live mail. You can configure Outlook settings to set up the Outlook 2010 by using signing and encryption certificates.

 How to set up Outlook 2010

  • Ensure that you have imported your certificates into the Windows Certificate store.
  • Launch Microsoft Outlook.
  • From the File menu, click on the Options button, select the Trust Center section. Now, click the Trust Center Settings button.
  • Click on the E-mail Security section.
  • In addition, you need to select the following options
  • Add Digital Signature to Outgoing Messages: This option includes your signing certificate on all outgoing messages.
  • Send clear text signed messages when sending signed messages: This facilitates the recipients to read your signed messages. This proves to be very useful when your recipient is using a Web-based or mobile-based email client.
  • For encryption, you do not need to select the option to encrypt contents and attachments for outgoing messages. Instead, you can manually choose encryption for individual messages.
  • Click on the Settings button. Outlook displays options for your signing and public encryption certificates under Certificates and Algorithms. Outlook includes your public signing certificate when it sends your signing certificate so that you can receive the encrypted messages.
  • Click on the Choose button to the right hand side of Signing Certificate. Select your certificate from the list, and click OK.
  • Select Hash Algorithm SHA1.
  • Click the Choose button to the right of Encryption Certificate, select your certificate from the list, and click OK.
  • Select Encryption Algorithm 3DES or AES 256-BIT.
  • Choose OK.
  • Check if it is fixed by sending an email to yourself. The delivered message displays the signing icon, encryption icon, or both, based on the options you have selected.
  • In case you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 OS, sometimes the recipients will not be able to read the encrypted messages. You can resolve this problem by simply following the below steps.
  • Go to the Tools menu, select Trust Center. Click on E-mail Security section.
  • Under the Encrypted e-mail header. Click on the Setting button.
  • Select on the Certificates and Algorithms section, from the Encryption Algorithm drop-down menu, select 3DES.
  • Click OK to finish the process.
  • You can also contact the Microsoft technical support representatives to help configure the Outlook settings to implement Outlook 2010, if you face any issues in this regard.

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