How to encrypt with symmetric encryption?

If you would like to dive deeper into symmetric encryption function using password then please check our dedicated symmetric encryption blogpost.

If you would like to attach files in your message, then please do so after enabling the Password encryption option.

Time needed: 3 minutes

  1. Go to your account Messages

    Go to your account Messages -> New -> Click on the ‘Encryption’ button in the Top menu.
    A pop-up will appear, which will give you the choice between Password encryption and OpenPGP encryption modes.encrypt with symmetric encryption

  2. Click on ‘Use password’.

    encrypt with symmetric encryption

  3. Once you finalize the message, send it like any other email message.

    A second pop-up will invite you to choose a password (you need to share this with your recipient), a hint and an expiration date.encrypt with symmetric encryption

  4. To decrypt the message fill in the password

    The email will expire after the expiration date, make sure you save the contents of that email if they are important. The recipient will receive an email with a hyperlink that will look like this.
    encrypt with symmetric encryption

Mailfence also allows you to encrypt emails asymmetrically with OpenPGP key pairs, to learn how to encrypt with OpenPGP please follow our dedicated article on it.

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