When you send an email, 99% of the time it is visible to anyone who has access to the servers it travels through. Even after hitting delete, your email might remain intact on the internet for years, if not indefinitely, depending on the backup policies of the server owners. Unless you are currently using an encryption suite for your corporate or personal matters, you fall under the 99% of people who are currently conducting business out in the open.
Although email encryption has been notorious as a lengthy process which usually involves installing cumbersome software and worrying about public and private encryption keys, today there is a fresh piece of software available, which streamlines the entire encryption process on both desktop and mobile devices.
Enlocked works as both a plugin and internet application, allowing users to bypass the need to download additional software when viewing files. This is a feature crucial for road warriors who don’t always have access to their own computers. After installing Enlocked on your main machine, users simply have a “Send Secured” button right next to the typical send button. By clicking “Send Secured”, Enlocked then works behind the scenes to encrypt the email and push it through their secured servers to the intended recipient.
To access secured emails, recipients are given the option of downloading the Enlocked plugin or viewing the emails through a secure web interface. The process is simplified through the fact that when a user first receives an email secured by Enlocked, they are shown a message explaining how to download and install Enlocked or how to access the email through the online portal. If a user already has the plugin installed on their system, the email will be decrypted automatically without any action from the user.
Despite the ease of use, Enlocked uses Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) as the encryption system for all its emails. For those unfamiliar with technical jargon, PGP is a top grade industry standard of encryption which has been on the market for decades. In fact, PGP has never been cracked, and the standard has been cited by major computer security experts as the closest form of encryption civilians can get to military grade security.
When it comes to security, Enlocked streamlines user authentication by not requiring users to create another username & password for the system. Instead, users simply log into their email accounts and Enlock then authenticates automatically.
Overall Enlocked appears to be a very promising piece of software, as it packs industry leading security in a package simple enough for small businesses to embrace. Enlock is currently a free service and is a free plugin available for: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Outlook. It also is available as an app for the Android and iPhone. As of the time of writing this article, the Blackberry version is still in beta.