These questions and answers have been composed in order to help our founding community members better understand our revolutionary new encrypted Conseal Email system.
Conseal Email is a system which allows you to send encrypted and controlled emails to anybody in the world.
Yes, it is very likely you have a secure connection to your mail server. But as soon as an email is transmitted from your mail server to another mail server - it travels without any security. This means that at each point on its journey, the message and attachments can be read or scanned. By Consealing (encrypting and controlling) your email you will avoid this. Other benefits include:
We currently support the following operating systems:
We currently support the following email clients via an Outlook Add-in:
We also have a stand-alone windows client which is installed at the same time as the Outlook Add-in allowing you to send and receive Consealed emails using any email client or webmail service.
NOTE: On our initial releases, local administration rights will be needed on the Windows account you use with Outlook.
The iOS client is available on the Apple App Store. This initial release allows Consealed emails to be opened on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. We have optimised for the iPhone, however it will work fine on the iPad.
This is a special piece of software which allows Conseal Email to fully integrate with your outlook client.
By using the Add-in framework from Microsoft, it means the Conseal Email software adheres to the strict security framework as outlined by Microsoft, making it a very safe solution.
We have added Conseal Email programs to the Windows Start Menu. Here you can compose and send a Consealed email. Once the Consealed email has been composed, Conseal Email creates the Consealed email files, which can then be either automatically or manually added to an email composed with any email client, or added as an attachment to a webmail email.
This stand-alone client will also associate our special .consealed and .consealedmessage files with Conseal Email. All this means is that when your email client or operating system identifies a consealed and .consealedmessage files file it will show the purple diamond logo. When this is double clicked it will open in Conseal Email.
These are our special file formats which we use to apply our unique Patent Pending Controllable Dual Locks™ technology to create Consealed Emails.
The file contains all the necessary information to store your Conseal encrypted message and/or attachments.
You can quickly identify our .consealed and .consealedmessage files as they will have a purple diamond next to them.
We are using our unique Patent Pending Controllable Dual Locks™ system, which delivers the following:
Our system does not require you to change email provider; nor do we:
You can either download and install the Conseal Email plugin for Windows and sign-up for a new account:
Just simply click ‘new Consealed Email’ and upon sending you will be asked to sign-up.
It is quite possible that a particular one of the recipients of your Consealed email sent to a group of people could become either untrusted or have a security breach. In this case you can simply suspend their version only, without affecting any other copies. Likewise you may find your own laptop/computer/mailbox has become compromised, so it means you can suspend the copy in your sent items without affecting your recipients. Finally you may decide to suspend all recipients, or all recipients plus the sender, which is one of the features that make our solution so unique.
No, as part of our unique Patent Pending Controllable Dual Locks ™ system you do not need to do this. All you need to decrypt a Consealed Email is your unique Conseal Authenticator.
This is a special password, used to confirm you are you. This is separate and in addition to your traditional username and password, which will be securely configured and stored on your device.
It is critical for your Conseal Authenticator to remain private and unique. For this reason we prevent you from setting it to be the same as your account password.
Try and make it unique, if it’s the same as any other password you use e.g laptop, email, Amazon or eBay password it means somebody else or another system knows it.
Try and memorise your Authenticator. Writing it down will make it less secure.
As you are the only person who knows this, if you forget it, you will lose access to any Consealed emails you have either sent or received.
In a future release we will have a solution which will:
From the Windows Client for use with any email or webmail system
From the Start Menu | All Programs | Conseal Email | New Consealed Email
Add the attachments to an email (via your chosen webmail service or email client) and address to the same recipients you entered at step 4.
This is a feature which will save the encrypted attachment with a reassuringly ‘familiar file name’, this is the original file name plus .consealed e.g sales2014.xls.consealed. This means that:
(We use the same Outlook file type protection as Microsoft, so malicious files will not open)
You can do this via Conseal Control server, this is your overview of all emails sent and can be accessed by:
Here you can:
Simply double click on the .consealed or .consealedmessage attachments
Then enter your Conseal Authenticator
Yes. You will need to have a Conseal Email account for each one you want to receive Consealed Emails to, but this will happen automatically as and when you receive a Consealed email.
You can have as many Conseal Email accounts as you require.
How this works:
When the sender sends a Consealed email, they will specify the email addresses (hence Conseal accounts) which can access the Consealed email.
If your account is not specifically named, then you will not be able to access it. If this happens ask the sender to resend, but with your email address specifically specified.
In a future release we will be adding features which makes working with distribution lists even more seamless.
We would say start by ONLY using the Conseal Attachments option, whenever you are sending an attachment.
You can also protect the message if you like, but until we have Conseal Email available on iOS and Android, if your recipients are reading the email on the move, they may not be able to read it until accessed from a laptop/desktop.
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will be in contact with you.
One of the first steps will be to get you to send your beta log file. This is done from Conseal Option | Submit information. The system will then ask for the email address associated with your Conseal Email account.
We have a list of features we are working through and we are very focused on making the system as seamless as possible. We are also very interested to hear what features our community would like to see. Please submit these via email@example.com.
If there is anything we have not covered, please ask firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, and don’t forget to #Consealit !
The Conseal Team.