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Secure Email Ensure privacy of sensitive information,
prove origin, and prevent tampering.

Secure Email - Digitally Sign & Encrypt Emails

GlobalSign PersonalSign Certificates use S/MIME technology to allow users to digitally sign and encrypt email.

Digitally signing an email proves authorship and prevents tampering, assuring the email recipient that the email came from you, not an imposter, and that the content of the email has not been altered in transit.

Encrypting email ensures message privacy and keeps sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.

Secure Email is achieved using GlobalSign's Digital Certificate solution called PersonalSign. PersonalSign Certificates are cryptographic signing certificates that bind your verified, physical identity to the certificate so recipients of email messages can verify that the email actually came from you.

Digitally Signed Email:

Proves authorship & prevent tampering

Encrypted Email:

Ensures message privacy

  • Prevent tampering of email content
  • Prove message origin
  • Prevent exposure of email content
  • Flexible and secure communication
  • Easy to implement
  • Internet browser to download and install Certificate (we recommend Internet Explorer or Firefox)
  • Email client that supports S/MIME protocol (e.g., Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Mail)

For a full list of email client S/MIME compatibility, please see our S/MIME Whitepaper

After completing your order online, the identifying information included in your Certificate will be verified by our Vetting Team. Once verified, you will receive an email with a link to download and install your Certificate. Depending on the information included in your Certificate, the length of the verification process will vary.

  • PersonalSign 1 - issued same business day
    - Email address verification via email approval
  • PersonalSign 2 - issued within 2 - 3 business days (dependent on the user providing the signed order request and a copy of a government issued ID card)
    - Email address verification via email approval
    - Identity verification via submission of Personal Identity Documents
  • PersonalSign 2 Pro/Department - Issued within two to three business days unless supporting documentation is needed during the vetting process.
    - Email address verification via email approval
    - Identity verification via submission of Personal Identity Documents
    - Association with organization verification via third party databases
GlobalSign's PersonalSign Certificates employ the Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) protocol to digitally sign or encrypt emails. S/MIME Encryption provides message integrity, authentication, privacy via data encryption, and non-repudiation via digital signatures. Most mail clients support S/MIME, such as Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Mail, Lotus Notes, and Mulberry Mail. For a detailed summary of S/MIME compatibility between email clients, please see our S/MIME White Paper.

Secure Email for the Enterprise

For organizations looking to implement an enterprise-wide secure email solution, EnterprisePKI (ePKI) is the answer to managing multiple PersonalSign Certificates for S/MIME. ePKI offers simplified deployment options and full Certificate management capabilities, so administrators can issue, renew, reissue, and revoke PersonalSign Certificates throughout their organizations. ePKI offers significant cost savings over purchasing individual PersonalSign Certificates and robust reporting features allow organizations to monitor Certificate activity from one centralized account.

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