For things that should remain confidential, like notes to your attorney, I've come to conclude that a tool like eCipher could save your job or your company some day. As a result it is probably time to think about how your mail is secured enough (it probably isn't) and whether it is well past time you fixed that (it is).
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) September 4, 2008
Essential Security Software, Inc. (ESS) today announced the beta version of its eCipher™ Anywhere service, a free email security program combining security and usability for professionals who have the need for secure email communications to anyone, anywhere. The new easy-to-use version of eCipher Anywhere protects confidential email communications and works on any web-enabled device including PCs, Macintosh, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and more. Secure email recipients do not need to download any software to view and reply to encrypted messages. eCipher enables companies of all sizes to easily secure their communications with employees, partners and customers both inside and beyond the corporate perimeter.
eCipher's strong encryption and digital signatures ensure safe transit, integrity, and authenticity of email communications and attachments. Users can securely exchange confidential email with attorneys, doctors, accountants, business partners, employees, colleagues, customers, or family members. Messages sent using eCipher Anywhere can be recalled after being sent, and cannot be forwarded to other parties.
eCipher Anywhere works in tandem with the eCipher desktop client software and offers a unique array of security and productivity features that are not found in other products. eCipher Anywhere offers users the ability to control how email recipients use emails after they receive them. Senders can use eCipher to enable additional protections including preventing emailed content from being forwarded or printed. eCipher's "delivery receipts" can track when and by whom secure messages were opened. Access is denied to anyone beyond the intended recipients. With eCipher Anywhere delivery recipients do not need to download any software to read encrypted messages.
In a June 2008 Technology Pundits article entitled Protecting eMail and Saving Your Assets, technology guru Rob Enderle wrote, "For things that should remain confidential, like notes to your attorney, I've come to conclude that a tool like eCipher could save your job or your company some day. As a result it is probably time to think about how your mail is secured enough (it probably isn't) and whether it is well past time you fixed that (it is)."
eCipher can send encrypted email through a wide array of popular email clients and services. These include MS Outlook™, Thunderbird™, Eudora™,. Gmail™, Yahoo! Mail Plus™, Comcast, AOL™ and many more. eCipher also features a Microsoft Outlook add-in, enabling businesses to securely exchange email and attachments without disrupting workflow.
eCipher integrates with Microsoft Outlook making it easy to send secure email messages. A small toolbar added to the Compose window offers access to eCipher's options. Once a user chooses "Send Secure" a number of digital rights management options control what the recipient can do with the received message. Users can preserve the integrity of email reply threads by preventing copying to the clipboard, printing, saving, or forwarding the message, and delivery receipts can be requested. When users click the regular Send button, eCipher encrypts and sends the message.
Users who prefer an email client other than Outlook must use eCipher's rich-text message editor from the program's desktop toolbar. Boxes can be checked to limit what the recipient can do with the message and to request a delivery receipt. The editor includes a spell-check option and also lets users insert pictures up to 600 by 600 pixels. eCipher sends mail by using a system's default email client. However if a user's main email goes through a Web-based account, there is an option to configure eCipher for accounts such as Gmail, AOL, and Yahoo! Mail Plus.
Installation of eCipher Anywhere is quick and simple. A free, one-time download is all that is required to enable secure communications. All key exchange is handled transparently by eCipher.
For those who cannot download software, authors may use the Anywhere delivery option which allows recipients to view encrypted email over a secure web connection. Larger companies wanting to widely deploy the eCipher client from a centralized location can do so via the eCipher Corporate control panel.
eCipher is built upon Essential Security Software's patented email encryption technology platform. eCipher offers strong encryption, user ID verification and additional usage protections to ensure that emails containing sensitive business and client information comply with HIPAA, SOX, NRS 597.970 and other data safeguard legislation. eCipher allows users to establish viewing, copying, printing, saving, and forwarding permissions that remain with their email throughout its life cycle.
RSA-2048 bit asymmetric encryption.
AES 256 bit encryption.
System Requirements and Pricing
eCipher is free and supports two email addresses. eCipher Pro is available for $79.95 per year
System requirements include:
Windows® Vista*, XP Service pack 1 or 2, or Windows 2000 Service Pack 4.
256 MB of RAM.
15MB of available hard-drive space.
Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0. (eCipher can install this for users.)
A valid email account
eCipher can help businesses meet legislative requirements for data integrity and privacy:
Meet HIPAA requirements for Secure Transmission (rule 164.312(e)(1)) and Access Control (rule 164.312(c)(1)) of Electronic Protected Health Information (PHI).
Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) Section 404: Financial spreadsheets and reports must be safeguarded from being falsified, accidentally or deliberately redistributed.
Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA) USC (United States Code) 6801: Customer or client confidentiality and security must be guaranteed. Records and information must be protected against any anticipated threats, hazards and unauthorized access.
Meet NRS 597.970 requirements "A business in this State (Nevada) shall not transfer any personal information of a customer through an electronic transmission other than a facsimile to a person outside of the secure system of the business unless the business uses encryption to ensure the security of electronic transmission."
To download eCipher with a beta version of eCipher Anywhere delivery go to [http://www.essentialsecurity.com . Users can also view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or register for the eCipher Forum
About Essential Security Software, Inc.
Essential Security Software (ESS) was founded by a group of technologists concerned about the growing problems related to email integrity and security. eCipher leverages the company's sophisticated encryption technology and lets users send secure email to any recipient without ever having to think about the mechanisms that make it possible. Since its inception, ESS has developed innovative email security and encryption technologies that are currently in use by its clients, including Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Military, and international government agencies. ESS is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, and is privately funded. With the release of their newest product, eCipher, ESS offers email security with rights management and unparalleled ease of use.