Getting Started with MailCloak for Mail Clients
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Getting started with MailCloak for Mail Clients is super easy.
- Vista users - turn off UAC
- Install MailCloak for Mail Clients
- Bind & Turn On MailCloak
- Exchange your keys
- Send someone encrypted email
Simply locate the installer in your downloads folder and double click the installer icon:
Select your installation language.
and the installation wizard screen will appear.
Run the Wizard
Now accept the End User License Agreement.
Select the installation location (the default is in the Program Files directory on your C drive).
Select the start menu folder.
MailCloak will now extract and install.
After installation, MailCloak will ask you to generate an Identity. Generating an MailCloak Identity! is easy! Simply give it a name, enter a strong password and a default email address, and click "OK".
Now wait a minute while MailCloak generates your identity... And you're done!
After you generate an identity the installation is complete.
In order to use MailCloak to send encrypted email or do a key exchange, you must first toggle encryption on. To toggle MailCloak, right click on the MailCloak icon on the right bottom of your desktop, and then click encrypt.
Alternatively, you can right click on the floating window which is on your desktop. and then click encrypt.
Bind MailCloak to Your Email Account
You must bind your email account to MailCloak in order to send public keys and write encrypted email.
If you entered the email address correctly when you generated your key, this should have been automatic, but if you are logging into a different email address, you will see the following dialogue:
Click "Yes" to add your key-pair to this account.
- In order to send encrypted email with MailCloak, or any PGP or GPG compatible encryption system, you must first exchange your public key with your communications partner. Your public key will be used to encrypt email so that only you can read it. You will then use the combination of your private key and your password to decrypt it.
- Sending someone your public key is automatic once MailCloak is turned on.
- When the recipient receives your public key, it will be added to their keychain, and they will automatically send you an encrypted reply with their public key.
You can try testing mailcloak by sending us email -email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you with our public key within 24 hours. Wehen we reply, our reply will be encrypted (because we now have your public key) and when you receive our message you will automatically import our public key. Go ahead and reply to our message to send encrypted email. At this point MailCloak will ask for your password, and when you click OK, MailCloak will encrypt and send your email.
Now you're ready to try it with your contacts!
Go ahead and send them an invitation. If you leave MailCloak on when you send email, it will automatically send invitations with outgoing mail.
The invitation looks like this:
When a user gets an invitation, they can click on the envelope and they will automatically be sent to the MailCloak installation page. They then install MailCloak and restart their browser. When they open the email you just sent them, your public key will automatically be imported, and the first message they send you will be encrypted and contain their public key.
NOTE: Please do not send important data with MailCloak before verifying a test message to the recipient gets encrypted.