SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In the U.S., our digital lifestyles and multiple email addresses have many people embracing email client applications that consolidate multiple email accounts, offer real-time calendars and live chat, and manage contacts across devices.
At the same time, privacy concerns are growing and consumers want better ways to protect their email correspondence from malware, packet sniffing and other malicious activity. To reduce risk and increase security for its more than 1 million email users, eM Client, a leading third-party email client application provider, has added support for the OpenPGP (also known as Pretty Good Privacy or PGP) signing and encryption standard in its eM Client 7.1 release.
eM Client already supports S/MIME, but PGP is preferred by some users. In contrast to S/MIME, it is common for each PGP user to create his or her own key pair, so no third-party authority is required. Regardless of preference, the support for both security standards allows users to choose their preferred method for email signing and encryption.
The newly designed user interface for eM Client 7.1 helps users manage S/MIME and PGP certificates and keys with ease, reducing the complexity that can be found in other email clients.
“Through testing of the new user interface, we found that even beginners can start using PGP in eM Client very quickly and easily, without confusion. At the same time, our PGP support is highly compatible with other software, so users’ counterparts do not necessarily need to be using eM Client,” said Michal Bürger, CEO and co-founder, eM Client.
Users can start using PGP to secure messages within eM Client right away by creating or importing a key pair (public and private key) for each of the user’s email addresses. This can be done in Menu -> Tools -> Settings -> Signing and Encryption->Certificates and Keys. More info can be found on the PGP information page at http://www.emclient.com/pgp.
About Pretty Good Privacy (PGP)
PGP, originally developed by Phil Zimmermann in 1991, was the first major strong cryptographic technology designed to be used by everyday computer users. An OpenPGP open standard later evolved from the PGP technology. The two components of PGP, signing and encryption, are often combined and prove that a sender’s email was created by the sender, limits and identifies potential tampering, and ensures that the target recipient only will be able to read the message.
About eM Client
Founded in 2006, eM Client (http://www.emclient.com) develops modern, leading-edge e-mail client software that supports all major e-mail providers and is easy to use. eM Client is intuitive, but fully loaded with useful features. With ongoing development, upgrades and professional support, more than 1 million individuals and enterprises rely on eM Client every day.