Outlook 365: Encrypting emails – here’s how it works

Outlook 365: Encrypting emails - here's how it works

In order to send encrypted mails between Outlook users, only a few clicks are required. […]

You can encrypt Outlook emails as you wish. This was only possible with the web version in 2020, meanwhile you can also do this with the desktop version of Outlook / Office 365.

Desktop version

  1. Click the New Email button.
  2. In the menu bar at the top, go to Options.
  3. Here you will now find the Encrypt option.
  4. If you click on the lock icon, the Encrypt only option is automatically selected.
  5. Click on the small down arrow at Encrypt, you will get more options. The following options are available: Encrypt only, Do not forward, Strictly Confidential / all employees and Confidential / all employees.
  6. Outlook recipients can read this email but cannot remove the encryption.

And this is what it looks like when the recipient receives an e-mail that is both encrypted and must not be forwarded (c) Screenshot/PCtipp.ch

Web version

Encryption in
Outlook/Office 365 is
even easier
(c) Screenshot/PCtipp.ch

  1. Create a new message.
  2. At the top of the menu buttons, click Encrypt.
  3. Write your message and send the mail. Outlook recipients can read this email but cannot remove the encryption.

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