GlobalSign PersonalSign Certificates use S/MIME technology to allow users to digitally sign and encrypt email.
Digitally signing an email proves authorship and prevents tampering, assuring the email recipient that the email came from you, not an imposter, and that the content of the email has not been altered in transit.
Encrypting email ensures message privacy and keeps sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.
Secure Email is achieved using GlobalSign's Digital Certificate solution called PersonalSign. PersonalSign Certificates are cryptographic signing certificates that bind your verified, physical identity to the certificate so recipients of email messages can verify that the email actually came from you.
- Internet browser to download and install certificate (we recommend Internet Explorer or Firefox)
- Email client that supports S/MIME protocol (e.g., Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Mail)
After completing your order online, the identifying information included in your certificate will be verified by our Vetting Team. Once verified, you will receive an email with a link to download and install your certificate.
Depending on the information included in your certificate, the length of the verification process will vary.
PersonalSign 1 - issued same business day
PersonalSign 2 - issued within 2 - 3 business days (dependent on the user providing the signed order request and a copy of a government issued ID card)
PersonalSign 2 Pro/Department - Issued within two to three business days unless supporting documentation is needed during the vetting process.
GlobalSign's PersonalSign Certificates employ the Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) protocol to digitally sign or encrypt emails. S/MIME Encryption provides message integrity, authentication, privacy via data encryption, and non-repudiation via digital signatures. Most mail clients support S/MIME, such as Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Mail, Lotus Notes, and Mulberry Mail.
For organisations looking to implement an enterprise-wide secure email solution, Enterprise EPKI is the answer to managing multiple PersonalSign Certificates for S/MIME. EPKI offers simplified deployment options and full certificate management capabilities, so administrators can issue, renew, reissue, and revoke PersonalSign Certificates throughout their organisations. EPKI offers significant cost savings over purchasing individual PersonalSign Certificates and robust reporting features allow organisations to monitor certificate activity from one centralised account.