Getting Started with MailCloak PRO

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Getting started with MailCloak for Mail Clients is super easy.


  1. Vista users - turn off UAC
  2. Install MailCloak for Mail Clients
  3. Bind & Turn On MailCloak
  4. Exchange your keys
  5. Send someone encrypted email



Make sure your system meets the system requirements. If you haven't done so already, please go to | and Download from there.

Simply locate the installer in your downloads folder and double click the installer icon:

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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 MailCloak products you wish to install.

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Select the name of your Start Menu Folder

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Click install.

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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.

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Turn on MailCloak

In order to use MailCloak to send encrypted email or do a key exchange, you must first toggle encryption on.

There are four ways to do this:

1)Right click on the MailCloak icon on the right bottom of your desktop, and then click encrypt.

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2) Start up an email client and you will see a floating MailVloak icon. Right click this and then click encrypt.


3) Start up Internet Explorer and you will see a MailCloak Icon at the bottom of the browser. Right click this and then click encrypt.


4) Start up Firefox and you will see a MailCloak Icon. Right click this 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.

Exchange your key

  • 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.
  • We have created Cryptobot to help new users get used to the idea of key exchange. Using Cryptobot is really really easy! Once you have installed and turned on MailCloak, simply send an email to - MailCloak will automatically attach your public key to this email.

So go ahead and send an email to, wait a few minutes, and check your email. Cryptobot should have replied to you. Now Send Cryptobot another 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.

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