Encrypted email solutions for the enterprise have long been cumbersome for admins to manage and for employees to use. As a result, most enterprises use these solutions sparingly, begrudgingly or not at all.
Solutions such as s/MIME require admins to go through the painful requisition and management of certificates. For employees, solutions such as Microsoft’s O365 email require them to click on links, get special passwords and then read the message on a portal outside of their inbox. In the end, these sorts of solutions make using encrypted email awkward and ultimately untenable.
That is, until today.
Today, PreVeil announces the launch of Web PreVeil Beta. Web PreVeil is a browser based end-to-end encrypted email service that allows users to easily access their secure email account on the web without any software download or any passwords to remember. This means PreVeil account holders can truly access their encrypted email anywhere in the world without foregoing the security they’ve come to expect.
Read on to learn how this bit of magic works.
How does Web PreVeil work?
Web PreVeil is a secure, end-to-end encrypted, enterprise-based web email service. Web PreVeil encrypts messages without the use of any passwords, relying instead on a private key stored in a user’s phone. The key is securely and temporarily copied to the user’s browser for the duration of the email session. The entire log-in process takes a matter of seconds.
(Author’s Note: In part 2 of our Web PreVeil blog series, we will provide a technical overview for how this process works.)
Here’s how you can access Web PreVeil in 3 simple steps:
- Visit the secure URL
- Enter your PreVeil email account
- Scan a QR code from the PreVeil app on your smartphone.
The entire process takes a matter of seconds before the user has full access to their secure PreVeil inbox.
From their Web PreVeil accounts, users can send and receive end-to-end encrypted emails just like they usually do. Users can access their old emails, email folders and drafts. Once the user logs out or closes the session, the key is destroyed and the 3-step process must be repeated to access their email.
Why Web PreVeil is one of a kind
There is no other encrypted email service today that allows users to access their end-to-end encrypted email account in quite this way. Every other solution requires a software download and password, but not PreVeil. Web PreVeil is truly a one-of-a-kind solution.
Moreover, with Web PreVeil, users don’t need to worry if a computer doesn’t have PreVeil. By not requiring a specific computer to have PreVeil software, users can access their account wherever they are. Users can access Web PreVeil whether they’re at a remote office or using a client’s computer.
And users don’t have to trade-off ease of use. The benefits of true end-to-end encrypted email can be experienced at any computer by simply having one’s smartphone in hand.
Why use PreVeil for email
Let’s not forget that one of the main advantages of Web PreVeil is that you get the benefits of end-to-end encryption for your email wherever you are. End-to-end encryption is truly the gold-standard for encryption and ensures that only the sender and recipient can read the message. Messages are never decrypted on the server – only on the user’s device. This means that hackers cannot attack the server and access user emails. Instead, if attackers hack the messages stored on the server, all they’ll get is gibberish.
Moreover, an attacker can never pretend to be you. With PreVeil, identity is ensured by a private key stored on the device. Private keys sign every message and ensure that a message is from who it says it’s from. In the case of Web PreVeil, the private key is temporarily stored on the browser. And this private key cannot be stolen or duplicated.
Additionally, since you don’t access Web PreVeil with a password, attackers cannot use credential-based attacks to access your account. Instead, Web PreVeil uses a private key to authenticate users.
We are eager to share Web PreVeil Beta. If you would like to be part of our Web PreVeil Private Beta, just contact us here.