How to encrypt with symmetric encryption?

How to use symmetric encryption. If you would like to dive deeper into symmetric encryption based on password encrypted messages please have a look at our dedicated symmetric encryption article.

Time needed: 3 minutes.

How do password encrypted messages work

  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.

  2. Click on ‘Use password’.

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  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.

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  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.sent 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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