Email encryption

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Enabling encryption

If you want to send and receive encrypted emails.

  1. Go to Settings > Preferences > Encryption;
  2. Enable:
    • message encryption and signing,
    • message signatures verification,
    • message decryption.

Creating PGP keys

To create a new key:

  1. Go to Settings > PGP Keys;
  2. Click Create on the menu above the key information;
  3. Select between a 2948 and 4096 bit key size;
  4. Set a password for the key;
  5. Click Save.

Please note that since the PGP keys are stored on our servers, encryption in Vivaldi webmail is not a full end-to-end encryption. For end-to-end encryption, we suggest setting up your account in a mail client that supports PGP.


Importing keys

To import keys:

  1. Go to Settings > PGP Keys;
  2. Click Import on the menu above the key information;
  3. Click Browse to locate the file on your computer;
  4. Click Import.

Exporting keys

To export keys:

  1. Go to Settings > PGP Keys;
  2. Click Export on the menu above the key information;
  3. Select whether you want to export:
    1. Public Keys Only,
    2. Secret Keys.

Sharing public keys

Before you can start having encrypted email conversations with your contacts either import their public key file as described above or share your public keys with each other via email:

  1. Compose a new email;
  2. In the Options and attachments section on the right enable Attach my public key;
  3. Send the email;
  4. When you get an email back with your contact’s public key, click Import after “This message contains attached PGP key(s)”.

Sending and reading encrypted emails

When composing an email, in the Options and attachments section on the right, check the boxes for:

  • Digitally sign this message (asks for the key’s password), and/or
  • Encrypt this message.

When you receive an encrypted email enter your encryption key’s password to view the content.

In Settings > Preferences > Encryption you can decide, how long the password is valid until you need to enter it again.

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