Monday, December 5, 2005

Verizon Offers Encrypted Email with Echoworx

Verizon Online began offering an email encryption service for small businesses as a complement to its Internet access, e-mail and security services.

Verizon Secure Mail is powered by Echoworx encrypted e-mail software. Verizon is the first national Internet service provider in North America to offer an encrypted e-mail subscription service using Echoworx.

After registering for the service, a user will be prompted to download a plug-in. Before sending an e-mail message, users just click on the "Secure" button on their toolbar, and their message -- along with any attachments -- is immediately encrypted, digitally signed and sent to the recipient. If the recipient is another registered Verizon Secure Mail user, the user can open the message after entering his or her password. Non-subscribers can also receive encrypted e-mail without downloading any software or registering for the service. To view the message, non-subscribers are directed to the Verizon Message pick-up center where they can read the e-mail after answering a secret question known only to the sender and recipient.

The service is now available nationwide for $6.95 per month per mailbox.


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