Email has come a long way, in terms of all levels of functionality and feature sets. Email security, however, is an ongoing concern. It’s not terribly secure — and any security features offered through email are heavily reliant on the end-user in order for them to have any sort of impact. So if you’re working in a profession that requires a higher level of discretion with the documents that you’re sending back and forth, then you’ll need to be particularly careful with what you’re sending over email. This is where the new service, eCrypt.me comes in.
eCrypt.me is a web-based, secure and encrypted email environment that looks a lot like Gmail or Hotmail — and is just as simple to use. The difference is that it has high-level security built right into the environment.
There’s no concern about setting up any sort of privacy system — in fact, there’s no need whatsoever. eCrypt.me solves this problem by making it easy for people working in professions that require a great deal of discretion (consultants, accountants, lawyers, financial planners, etc.) to communicate with their coworkers and clientele without having privacy concerns. But it’s not just for people in those types of professions. If email security is a concern for you, then eCrypt.me may well be a great choice as your new web-based email client. And you can use your current email address with the service, so there’s no hassle in dealing with an email address change to get started.
The service is simple to set up and use, and the environment is familiar (it bears a strong resemblance to many email clients) to most. The encryption takes place “under the hood”, so the security measures happen automatically. There’s no forgetting to encrypt on your part; eCrypt does all the work for you.
Beyond email encryption, users can also encrypt documents with eCrypt.me’s File Vault feature and can import their contacts into the service’s Address Book from popular webmail client such as Google and Yahoo. You can also import local contacts that have been exported from a local email client (such as Outlook or Mail.app) as long as they have been exported as a CSV, XLS or XLSX file.
eCrypt.me is currently in beta, and while there will be a pricing model associated with it, there will also be an ongoing free version of the service. Details on pricing and the free version will be announced as the service prepares to leave beta.
Want to give eCrypt.me a try? You can get in on the beta using the link below.
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