E-mail security made simple

Essential Security Software today announced the availability of Version 1.54 of its e-mail security software, eCipher. The new version includes updates to Outlook toolbar integration and a new Delivery Receipts feature that notifies users when someone opens their eCipher secure e-mail messages and verifies the receipt of important information, company representatives said.

ECipher uses encryption and digital signatures to keep e-mail communications and attachments secure and ensure safe transit, integrity and authentication, according to the company. Users can securely exchange confidential e-mail with attorneys, doctors, accountants, business partners, employees, customers or family.

The software works with most e-mail programs, including Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird or Eudora. It can also send secure e-mail using Web-based programs such as Gmail, AOL, Yahoo and others. It requires a free one-time download to view and reply to secure e-mail messages. Users send the encrypted e-mail by clicking a button marked "Send Secure."

Once a user has clicked on the Send Secure button, a series of digital rights management options control what the recipient can do with the message. Users can control whether a recipient can print, save or forward the message.

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