UW Digital ID (Mac) - Configuring Mail.app to use a UW Digital Certificate
UW Digital ID certificates can be used with Apple Mail to send secure, digitally encrypted email. If you have not installed your digital certificate, please see UW Digital ID (Mac) - Downloading your Digital Certificate
Using UW Digital ID with Apple Mail
No configuration is necessary. Once your certificate is imported into your Keychain, Mail is ready to begin using it. You will notice two new buttons on the right-hand side of the message window when you compose or reply to a message.
Here they are in the message window:
The sunburst icon represents whether the message is signed, and the padlock icon indicates whether the message is encrypted. By default, your messages are neither signed nor encrypted.
To digitally sign a message, begin addressing the message as you normally would. Click the sunburst icon with the "x". The "x" will change to a checkmark, signifying the message is now signed with your digital identity.
The padlock icon will remain grayed out until you receive a message from someone else that has been digitally signed with their certificate. Once an exchange of signed messages has taken place, the padlock will become available, and you may start signing and encrypting your messages. This ensures the security of your messages, and allows the recipient to have a greater degree of trust that the message originated from you.
When you receive messages from others, you will notice that they will now contain additional information in the header about whether the message is signed, encrypted, or both, as appropriate.
Note: Apple Mail might not display this security header if the message was encrypted. This is a known issue with Apple Mail, but we do not know of a fix or workaround.
Encryption Unavailable / Signed Message. The message cannot be encrypted since the certificate for one or more recipients is not known or does not exist.
Signed and Encrypted.
No security set. Click on the lock icon to encrypt and / or the seal icon to sign the message.
- UW Digital ID (Mac) - Installing your Digital Certificate
- UW Digital ID (Mac) - Mail.app - What to do when recipient cannot read your digitally signed and/or encrypted email.
- UW Digital ID (Mac OS X) - Certificate Was Signed By An Untrusted Issuer
- UW Digital ID (Mac) - Exporting a Digital Certificate from Keychain